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University Expands Esports Program with ViewSonic Gaming Monitors

CASE STUDY

University Expands Esports Program with ViewSonic Gaming Monitors

SCHOOL

Founded in 1870 as Buchtel College, the University of Akron is located 40 miles south of Cleveland in metropolitan Akron, Ohio. Offering 200+ in- demand associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs, the university serves around 19,000 students from Ohio, around the U.S., and 70 foreign countries in more than 80 buildings on 218 acres. Programs are targeted to diverse groups of learners, including full-time, part-time, and on-line students, veterans, and adults returning to the classroom.

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“In addition to providing us with high-end equipment, ViewSonic demonstrated dedication to the educational aspects of our program. They are outstanding partners in every way – great support, great products, and great people to work with. This collaboration will help us keep up with the changes in technology, along with the interests of students as the esports and gaming space evolves.”


— Nathan Meeker, UA Director of Esports

THE CHALLENGE

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  • Create a robust esports/ gaming program with broad engagement

  • Equip new program spaces with top-of-the-line gaming monitors

  • Update program and equipment to support evolving needs

In 2017 the University of Akron set its sights on creating a robust esports program. It quickly became a pioneering force in the development of D1 varsity-level esports.

“We had a team of professionals with complementary backgrounds and together, we created the program that many other schools model theirs after” said UA Director of Esports Nathan Meeker. “By design it was a three-tiered program that included a formal student club and low-key recreational gaming opportunities in addition to the competitive varsity team.”

To accommodate this broad vision, the university transformed 6,500 square feet in three underutilized campus spaces into esports venues: an arena with spectator viewing to facilitate varsity practices and competitions, plus two club and rec facilities that operate like gaming cafes for the esports club and casual gamers.

Outfitting these spaces with gaming stations that wouldn’t break the budget was one of the initial challenges for the growing program. An ongoing challenge would be keeping the program, as well as the gaming hardware, up-to-date and well-positioned to meet evolving student needs.

THE SOLUTION

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  • Initial Development

    • ViewSonic Gaming XG2402 24-inch monitor

  • Upgrade

    • ViewSonic Gaming XG250 25-inch monitor

With the space build-out underway, Meeker and the team set out to find their ideal gaming monitors (among other equipment).

“We wanted some pretty specific specs – a 24-inch monitor with 1ms or lower response rate and 144 Hz or better,” said Meeker. “There were a few decent options but ViewSonic offered the best price-to-performance ratio by a long shot. Not only was the price great, the ViewSonic performance was top notch.”

The team purchased 92 ViewSonic XG2402 24-inch gaming monitors, which were deployed across the three venues: the Zips Gaming Lounge at the Williams Honors College; the Zips Esports Center at the Student Union; and the Akron Esports Arena at Infocision Stadium.

The UA Zips esports program started off strong, with around seven hundred participants.

“By all indicators that was considered a good number at the time,” said Meeker. “What we didn’t realize was that by primarily marketing the program to students interested in competitive esports titles, we were missing quite a few others, and we want as many students as possible to reap the benefits of participating in campus organizations.”

When students are invested in activities outside of academics, Meeker elaborated, there are proven benefits, such as higher rates of graduation, higher levels of satisfaction, and even higher post-college job placement rates.

“I always tell those that are skeptical that we’re not just playing video games,” he said. “Our program provides an outlet for students who might not otherwise join a UA organization.”

To broaden the benefits of their activities, the Zips program staff began spreading the word to “generalist gamers” – students with a broad interest in video games that goes beyond the well-known competitive titles like Rocket League and Overwatch.

RESULTS

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  • ViewSonic gaming monitors supported the program’s success and expansion

  • Participation has grown from an initial 700 members to over 2400 students

  • In its first year, the Varsity team became Collegiate Rocket League Champions

  • After school hours the display is used for school activities and community presentations

By 2019 the UA Zips varsity team had captured the Rocket League championship title for the second consecutive year, and the university was well on its way to becoming a powerhouse in the world of competitive collegiate esports.

While the varsity team was busy doing great things, Meeker realized that the program wasn’t reaching its full potential.

“Initially we thought that marketing the program primarily toward students interested in competitive esports titles would result in the best activation,” said Meeker. “Over time we learned we were missing a lot of other students. Now we connect with those students and offer a more robust program.”

The expanded marketing efforts have more than paid off. These days, around 15% of the UA student population is involved in the program in one way or another, for a total participation of around 2,400 students.

By year five of the program, another shift occurred.

“Monitor technology had progressed, and to provide our players with the best competitive advantage, we needed to upgrade to 280Hz.” said Meeker. “We were already living in a ViewSonic ecosystem and loving it, so the ViewSonic XG250 gaming monitors were perfect for us.”

With the new monitors deployed to about half of the Zips’ gaming stations so far, students report faster gameplay and better reactivity to on-screen action. “They tell me that overall, their gaming experience has been more enjoyable,” said Meeker. “Watching them, it’s easy to see the benefits of the faster refresh rate.”

Now an official ViewSonic partner, Meeker looks forward to many years of keeping up with the fast-paced world of esports and gaming with ViewSonic gaming monitors.

“In addition to providing us with high-end equipment, ViewSonic demonstrated dedication to the educational aspects of our program,” said Meeker. “They are outstanding partners in every way – great support, great products, and great people to work with. This collaboration will help us keep up with the changes in technology, along with the interests of students as the esports and gaming spaces evolve.”

Building on the program’s strong and carefully laid foundation, the ViewSonic sponsorship is one more way that esports and gaming at UA will continue to grow and thrive, said Meeker, as the university provides ongoing support for activities such as summer camps; monthly events for area high school clubs; and hosting the OHSAA-supported Ohio Esports State Tournament, among other LAN events.

“The tournament represents some 300 high schools across Ohio, and we expect around 3,000 students to participate this spring,” said Meeker. “We know we’ll give them an outstanding experience with the new ViewSonic monitors.”

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College Smart Room Upgrade Cuts Costs and Adds Functionality with ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays

CASE STUDY

College Smart Room Upgrade Cuts Costs and Adds Functionality with ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays

SCHOOL

Trinity Valley Community College is a public institution in Athens, Texas, with a total enrollment of 5,642 students and a student-faculty ratio of 16-to-1. The college offers a two-year associate degree and students can also earn degrees and certificates in 15 different fields. Popular programs include: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Health Professions and Related Programs, and Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services.

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“Never before have we had such a high level of display support for our conference rooms. The quality of our Zoom meetings has increased tremendously. We provide a wireless keyboard and mouse and presenters can connect to the ViewBoard PC wirelessly or use the integrated ViewSonic vCast to throw their content onto the big screen.”


— Myles Pennington, TVCC Director of Media Support Services

THE CHALLENGE

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  • Upgrade display technology in 140 Smart Room classrooms

  • Deploy a more cost-effective and up-to-date solution

Back when DVDs were still a common media source, Trinity Valley Community College added 140 Smart Rooms to facilitate simplified digital instruction. Around 500 square feet, with rows of desks for seating 25-30 students, these spaces included a mounted projector, built-in projector screen, podium-based PC, and document camera, all connected with Extron switching equipment. Instructors could walk into any room, hook up their laptop, plug in a USB drive, or use the existing PC (with integrated DVD player), press a button at the switch box, and – voila – the projector and laptop turn on, the screen descends, and they’re ready to go.

Fast forward to 2018, when Myles Pennington, TVCC director of media support services, was looking to upgrade these rooms to support current digital standards.

“We needed to go from SD to HD and needed to upgrade the hardware to support the latest software,” he said. “But continuing with the Extron-centered projection system would cost around fifteen thousand dollars per room. We’re a fiscally conservative organization and I wasn’t surprised when that didn’t get approved.”

Pennington needed to find a way to meet instructor needs at a lower cost. For guidance, he reached out to TVCC reseller partner ProComputing.

THE SOLUTION

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  • ViewSonic® IFP8650 ViewBoard® interactive flat panel displays

  • ViewSonic® VPC25-W53-O1 slot-in PCs

  • ViewSonic® VB-EBM-001 e-Box motorized mobile carts

  • ViewSonic® 24-inch ID2455 touch displays

A big fan of ViewSonic products, their ProComputing rep suggested that Pennington look at ViewSonic® ViewBoard® interactive displays. Pennington was impressed, and set up a demo for the college’s vice president of instruction and department chairs. They were quickly blown away, said Pennington.

“The ViewSonic presenter started by saying, ‘the first thing that people usually ask me is how durable is this thing,’” said Pennington. “And he was right, I was concerned about that. In my experience LED TVs can easily break. He dispelled that concern right away by walking up to the ViewBoard and punching it with his knuckle, saying ‘you’re not going to hurt this thing.’”

The audience was wowed by the quality of the 4K images and the responsiveness of the 20 touchpoints, along with how easy it was to navigate between the browser, annotation tools, and other functions.

“I went into it with a high opinion of the ViewSonic brand,” said Pennington. “I cut my teeth in the graphics world, and ViewSonic was known for premium graphic arts products. So I was glad that everyone in the room was sold after seeing the demo.”

Of course, liking the solution wouldn’t be enough to get it approved. Cost was still a critical factor. Pennington and his ProComputing rep ran the numbers. The price tag for each full solution – an 86-inch ViewSonic ViewBoard IFP8652 interactive display; a ViewSonic VPC25-W53-O1 slot-in PC to deliver added processing power and a Windows experience; and a ViewSonic VB-EBM-001 e-Box® motorized height-adjust mobile cart, fully assembled and ready to roll into the rooms added up to around $6K.

“That price difference was huge,” said Pennington. “With our existing system, it was going to cost $15K per room. Considering that we planned to upgrade 140 rooms, the savings for the college would be around $1.26 million.”

For the past five years, TVCC has been purchasing the ViewSonic ViewBoard display solution in batches as funding allowed, for a current total of 91 units. As of this writing, Pennington is awaiting signoff to purchase another 10, and will continue to do so until all rooms are up to date. After that, the plan calls for lifecycle upgrades every 5-7 years.

RESULTS

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  • The college saved $9K per upgrade, for a total savings of $1.2 million across 140 classrooms

  • The mobile carts enable efficient resource sharing, including use in conference rooms

  • Instructors love the ease and added functionality of the interactive displays

  • Student engagement has increased and the up-to-date interactive technology aligns with student expectations

  • Maintenance time and costs have decreased, improving efficiency for the media support services team

From a fiscal perspective, the ViewSonic ViewBoard solution was a huge success for TVCC. From an engagement perspective, said Pennington, it has been equally successful.

“Students were used to seeing this type of technology in their K-12 classrooms, and used to using touchscreen tech. Before we upgraded to the ViewBoard displays we would hear them ask why we didn’t have the latest technology,” said Pennington. “Now we do, and they love it. It’s essentially a giant Microsoft Surface and with it the instructors are engaging students more than ever before.”

Importantly, instructors find the ViewBoard solution just as simple to use as the older system, walking into the room and easily pulling up their content. While some instructors simply use the ViewBoard to present notes and other basic content, said Pennington, power users leverage the many functions offered by the interactive displays.

“For example, they’ll access online software like MathLabs, display content from websites, show videos, or load learning apps related to their subject matter,” said Pennington. “Often, they’ll divide up the screen, with the complementary content on one side, their notes on the other. Plus, they can annotate on top of everything using the whiteboarding tools.”

The mobility of the solution allowed for easy resource sharing, and the college now uses the high-visibility 86-inch ViewSonic ViewBoard displays to facilitate more impactful meetings across several conference rooms.

“Never before have we had such a high level of display support for our conference rooms,” said Pennington. “The quality of our Zoom meetings has increased tremendously. No more washed-out images or needing to connect a separate computer, and presenters can leave the lights on. We provide a wireless keyboard and mouse and presenters can connect to the ViewBoard PC wirelessly or use the integrated ViewSonic vCast to throw their content onto the big screen.”

From his team’s perspective, Pennington couldn’t be happier with the ViewSonic ViewBoard solution. Thrilled that it cost-effectively met their users’ needs, they are likewise pleased with the solution’s limited maintenance demands compared to the projector-based system. Pennington is currently working with TVCC’s network support services team to expand the use of the centralized management provided by the integrated ViewSonic Manager™ software.

“It is really awesome management software, and it will be useful to remotely power up units for pushing out Windows updates,” said Pennington. “If we didn’t have the centralized management, we would have to have Ethernet cables on all devices, which is expensive and less flexible.”

Responding to an ask from instructors that love using the ViewBoard display, but prefer to directly face their students, Pennington is currently piloting the ViewSonic 24-inch ID2455 touch display.

“So far it’s been a huge hit. The 24-inch monitor is mounted on their podium, and everything the instructors do on it is displayed on the 86-inch ViewBoard,” said Pennington. “I suspect that many more instructors will want to implement this system.”

Beyond happy users, administrators, and support personnel, Pennington himself has been quite satisfied by the service, support, and quality provided by ViewSonic.

“Even the way they package their products demonstrates the quality and care that epitomizes the way ViewSonic does things,” said Pennington. “It may not seem like a big deal, but for me, once an order shows up, I need to be able to deploy it quickly. I can’t just charge a replacement to a credit card and order another; we have a lengthy PO process.”

In the five years that he has been ordering the ViewBoard solution, Pennington added, he’s only had to send back two – which had suffered damage from a forklift stabbing them through the carton.

He has also been impressed by the quality of the ViewSonic customer support team.

“Our group here is pretty sharp. Before we ever make a tech support call, we’ve tried everything we can possibly think of,” said Pennington. “Many customer service reps will insist on walking them through silly things like, is it plugged in? Not ViewSonic. They have intelligent conversations with my team members and resolve situations quickly.”

All things considered, Pennington has only positive things to say about the entire experience of deploying the new Smart Room system, from the products to the people involved.

“The sales staff at ProComputing and ViewSonic were amazing, as has been everyone we’ve encountered from ViewSonic,” said Pennington. “Ultimately, it was the vision of our executive team and the insight of our board members, who recognized the benefits of moving to this technology, that made it all possible.”

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University Esports Program Supports Community and Competition with ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Display, Gaming Monitors, and Digital Signage

CASE STUDY

University Esports Program Supports Community and Competition with ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Display, Gaming Monitors, and Digital Signage

SCHOOL

Founded in 1910, the University of Southern Mississippi (aka “Southern Miss” or USM) is a public D1 sports and R1 classified research university with a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,258. The university’s main campus is in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, which is supplemented by a complex in Long Beach known as Southern Miss Gulf Coast. Southern Miss offers approximately 189 programs leading to baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees, serving undergraduates from public schools across the southern United States and around the globe. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and its programs are accredited by 30 state and national agencies.

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“The ViewBoard is an outstanding interactive resource for any type of learning because it’s so intuitive to use and it really draws students in. They absolutely love it. They’ll come in wanting to use it the moment we open the doors for the day and the competitive team is constantly scheduling time with it.”


— David Dickert, USM Esports Coordinator

THE CHALLENGE

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  • Update outdated space to create a modern esports/ gaming center

  • Equip program with state-of- the art technology to support competition, connection, and learning

When USM Esports Coordinator David Dickert began in Spring 2022, the fledgling program operated out of an outdated space that received periodic technology updates, where 15 students valiantly competed from non-esports ready equipment.

“It used to be a big lounge area that hadn’t seen major updates for a long time,” said Dickert. “The university was getting ready to invest in a robust competitive esports program in 2019, but COVID set fire to those plans until the global pandemic was under control. The 15 students involved were piecemealing it the best they could with very little equipment or funding.”

When Dickert came on board it was immediately clear that revamping the space was a top priority. During the summer preceding the 2023-24 school year, Dickert and the Union worked with a local painting company to tear down the wall carpet, refinish the floors, paint, and bring in new furnishings – transforming it into a modern gaming wonderland.

A parallel priority was to outfit the new gaming stations with state-of-the art equipment. When it came to monitors, Dickert wanted to make a clean break from what the team was currently using.

“The specs on the existing monitors were pretty decent, but we had a lot of quality control issues,” he said. “I was having to retire monitors because they had dead pixels, or pixels would pop in and out randomly. I have some horror stories about students being in the middle of a game and the screen dying. I absolutely needed to find a new brand for us to rely on.”

A former educator who had enjoyed using a ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive display in his classroom, Dickert looked at what the company was doing in the esports space, and was impressed.

“My budget was very finite so I was looking to build long-term partnerships with companies that had a similar vision for the ways in which esports can benefit students,” said Dickert. “For me, esports is about more than winning. It’s about building connections between students and contributing to their physical and emotional well-being. It was clear that ViewSonic operated from a similar values standpoint regarding education and esports, so they were a natural fit.”

Before he had a chance to reach out, he was approached by ViewSonic representatives visiting the campus.

“I shared our vision of what we were going to do, how we planned to help students in the space,” said Dickert. “We were very aligned and from there our partnership was born.”

THE SOLUTION

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  • ViewSonic ViewBoard IFP7550 75” interactive display

  • ViewSonic XG2431 24” 1080p IPS gaming monitors

  • ViewSonic CDE6512 65” commercial display

The new esports and gaming facilities consist of two sections separated by a hallway. The Official Southern Miss Esports Arena hosts the University’s National Championship competition teams. The adjacent casual gaming space is open to all students interested in gaming (plus billiards, shuffleboard, and table tennis). Both feature gaming stations equipped with ViewSonic® XG2431 24” 240Hz gaming monitors.

Distinct areas within the competitive gaming space include the main stage, equipped with five ViewSonic XG2431 gaming monitors; the practice stage, which supports scrimmages and practices with six XG2431 monitors; and a production space equipped with one ViewSonic XG2431 monitor where students learn how to broadcast events, edit video, and more. Another 12 XG2431 monitors are deployed in the casual gaming center, enabling those in the general student population to experience gaming with top-of-the- line equipment.

To further support the program’s mission to develop learning-focused, connected, and healthy individuals through competition, community, and esports experiences, Dickert added a cart-mounted ViewSonic ViewBoard® IFP7550 75” interactive display to a conference-style setup perpendicular to the main stage.

“The ViewSonic ViewBoard I used as a high school teacher was the best thing ever,” he said. “The ability to display content, click the side of screen to bring up the pen function and draw on the board to enhance the information was incredible and, along with the ability for students to intuitively work at the board, it changed the way I taught. I knew I wanted that for the esports students.”

Finally, to promote the program, Dickert stationed a ViewSonic CDE6512 65” commercial display outside the doorway to the Arena.

RESULTS

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  • The updated space is modern, vibrant, and inviting

  • Participation has grown from 15 to 700

  • The ViewSonic ViewBoard IFP7550 interactive display is used expensively by student athletes and others to enhance competitive advantage, collaboration, and learning

  • ViewSonic XG2431 gaming displays deliver fast, smooth gameplay

  • The ViewSonic CDE6512 commercial display used as digital signage dynamically promotes the program

It may come as a surprise that both the program lead and the players love the ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive display almost more than the lightning-fast ViewSonic gaming monitors.

“It’s hands down my favorite place in the arena,” said Dickert, “I could gush about this ViewBoard all day.”

For students the 75” interactive display serves a dual purpose, said Dickert, supporting both their competitive and educational goals. Seated together around a conference-table setup facing the ViewBoard display, student athletes can review and mark up gameplay. Similarly, all program participants can use the display to work collaboratively on schoolwork and projects.

“The ViewBoard is an outstanding interactive resource for any type of learning because it’s so intuitive to use and it really draws students in. They absolutely love it. They’ll come in wanting to use it the moment we open the doors for the day and the competitive team is constantly scheduling time with it,” Dickert said, audibly turning to look out his doorway and adding, “Yep, they’re using it right now.”

For Dickert, the ViewBoard interactive display was a game-changer that has helped him meet his core goals as program lead.

“For me this program is about helping students make connections and gain skills that will help them throughout their lives,” he said. “The ViewBoard display absolutely fosters that type of connection, problem solving, and learning.”

Foremost among the many ViewBoard features that Dickert appreciates is the display’s ease of use, whether it’s connected to a PC, or not.

“It’s nice not having to have a PC hooked up to it, that it’s optional. It may be a bit more intuitive when used with PC functionalities, but when it’s alone it still functions incredibly well using Google Chrome and myViewBoard,” he said. “The user interface is very approachable, and everything is easy to navigate. I haven’t had to teach anyone how to use it.”

The ViewSonic XG2431 gaming monitors were equally easy to use, right out of the box – a pleasant surprise that helped get the program up and running more quickly than Dickert anticipated.

“In my experience monitors don’t have good factory settings right out of the box; usually I have to tweak them a bit,” he said. “With these ViewSonic gaming monitors it was a seamless, seamless plug-and-play experience. The images looked great, and we got them set up in a very short amount of time.”

Students of all gaming abilities have been thrilled with the fast response time and refresh rate.

“They care about the snappiness of the tech, and that’s one reason the students really like these monitors,” said Dickert. “They’re very responsive at .5ms – you almost can’t get better than that at an affordable price.”

Most of them, he added are used to playing with screens that max out at a refresh rate of 60Hz to 120Hz, and immediately comment that the gaming with the ViewSonic monitors is a much smoother experience than they’re used to. ViewSonic XG2431 gaming monitors, for example, are capable of achieving a refresh rate of 240Hz.

“ViewSonic is becoming well-known for their gaming monitors and their support for the educational aspects of esports in education,” said Dickert.

“I anticipated that these monitors would be outstanding, and they absolutely are.”

The Fall 2023 season has been the most successful to date for the Southern Miss Esports Program. Participation has grown to a total of 85 competitive players on 15 different teams. Nearly 700 total students – almost seven percent of the total undergraduate enrollment – use the casual gaming stations. All three of the program’s Fortnite teams have qualified for the Fortnite Split 1 NACE National Championship using the ViewSonic monitors. The program has seen similar success from each of its other teams.

“I’m able to get these numbers because our single sign on system tracks who uses the computers, and I’m thrilled with the growth of the program.” said Dickert. “For me, the student experience is the big component of student life at Southern Miss. I celebrate when we win and motivate and encourage harder work when we lose, but I care the most about the connections and that students feel a sense of belonging when they come into the gaming space.”

That goal has been achieved, it is clear, when Dickert notes that the arena and game room have become ‘the living room’ of campus. With no membership fees, and room for all, the program attracts students to all three tiers of the program: signed student athletes who compete in official conferences; Academy Team students who compete in official conferences as developing teams; and Gaming Club participants, a community open for all to experience fun events, conventions, and multi-club collaborations with a gaming twist. Of course, those with an even more casual interest in gaming – or hanging out with gamers – are also welcome in this inviting space.

“When it comes to clubs, we believe in student leadership,” said Dickert. “The gaming club is student-run and includes pretty much everything gaming. They visit conventions together and hold game nights – in fact they had one last night. It’s exactly the type of community activities we had hoped to encourage.”

Next on the agenda for this growing program is a Spring 2024 launch of an Intro to Esports course in partnership with the School of Business.

“It will be a survey-style course where students broadly learn the history and business aspects of esports,” said Dickert. “A core class objective will be to give students hands on experience with esports using the arena space and ViewSonic monitors.”

By then, the ViewSonic CDE6512 65-inch commercial display will be mounted above the doorway to the Arena, drawing in new participants and educating others about the program as they stroll through the USM Student Union and Thad Cochran Center.

“It’s great where it is now,” said Dickert. “But when it’s mounted above the doorway it will deliver an even bigger ‘wow factor.’”

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Android™ EDLA Certified ViewBoard® Interactive Displays, Device Management, and Collaborative Software Create Immersive Learning Environments

 

AUSTIN – TCEA 2024, Booth #1038 – (Feb. 3, 2024) – ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solutions, is showcasing technology hardware and software solutions for classroom transformations and developing next-generation hybrid learning spaces at the TCEA Convention & Exposition [TCEA], Feb. 3-7, 2024 in Austin, TX.

 

The latest ViewSonic® education solutions create immersive and collaborative environments, from interactive flat panel displays to software that allows IT teams to manage devices across campuses. The company will also be previewing a beta version of ClassSwift™, an innovative software solution that allows educators to create interactive, push-and-response type lessons and content to boost classroom engagement.

 

As leaders in visual display solutions, ViewSonic has innovative technologies ranging from touch displays and monitors for desktop and esports to the award-winning myViewBoard® ecosystem that includes View Board® interactive displays and myViewBoard software. These education solutions can transform a classroom and create innovative ways for educators to teach the next generation of students.

 

“ViewSonic will showcase cutting-edge hardware and software solutions designed to provide unmatched functionality for schools and campuses,” said Kenneth Mau, Marketing Communications Director at ViewSonic. “As learning environments pose increasing challenges for both students and teachers, ViewSonic's education solutions play a transformative role. They turn classrooms into immersive, next-generation learning spaces, while facilitating seamless communication and consistent teaching experiences.”

 

Notable Product Introductions at TCEA include:

 

  • IFP52-2ED Android™ EDLA-certified ViewBoard Displays
    • Available in 65-,75-, and 86-inch sizes
    • Access to apps through the Google Play Store for both Google and Microsoft users
    • Highly accurate touchscreen and object recognition technology for a more intuitive digital whiteboard experience
    • Device management and monitoring via Google Workspace
  • ViewBoard IFPG1 Series of Interactive Displays
    • Available in 55-, 65-, 75-, and 86-inch sizes with native 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) resolution
    • No pre-installed software so the display can be adapted to fit with existing or proprietary software solutions
    • Multi-point touch technology with optional WriteAway™ technology for faster writing and annotating
    • Greater customizability with the ability to add an external PC or OPS module and creating a future-proof display

 

For further news and information about ViewSonic, visit ViewSonic.com and follow on Facebook, YouTube, X and Instagram.

 

About ViewSonic

Founded in California, ViewSonic is a leading global provider of visual solutions and conducts business in over 100 countries worldwide. As an innovator and visionary, ViewSonic is committed to providing comprehensive hardware and software solutions that include monitors, projectors, digital signage, ViewBoard® interactive displays, and myViewBoard® software ecosystem. With 35 years of expertise in visual displays, ViewSonic has established a strong position for delivering innovative and reliable solutions for education, enterprise, consumer, and professional markets and helping customers “See the Difference®.” To find out more about ViewSonic, please visit www.viewsonic.com.

 


 

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Universidad Católica del Norte Modernizes Classrooms with ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays

CASE STUDY

Universidad Católica del Norte Modernizes Classrooms with ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays

SCHOOL

Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN) celebrated its 66th anniversary in 2022. The institution currently has more than 14,000 students in Antofagasta, Coquimbo and San Pedro de Atacama. With its wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, highly-qualified faculty and significant and prolific scientific work, UCN is one of the most advanced higher education institutions in the country.

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“After seeing the ViewSonic solutions, I knew they were exactly what we needed. The ViewBoard displays came with strong, reliable mounting brackets. And we found that they were easy to set up and calibrate to our specific needs.”


— Gastón Peralta, Manager of Educational Resources

THE CHALLENGE

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  • Improve teaching methods to meet the needs of UCN students

  • Update equipment with a modern and user-friendly product

  • Procurement of cost-effective technological facilities that will render a quick return on investment

The UCN technical team, comprised of Víctor González Escobar, José Martínez Ramos, and Gastón Peralta Rojas, embarked on a mission to seek technological enhancements for the university. Their objective was to upgrade the hardware being used and modernize teaching methods to foster student inclusion.

One of the primary concerns with the existing products was the persistent issue of display image degradation. This problem led to dissatisfaction among both teachers and students, ultimately discouraging their use.

In the wake of the global digital transformation triggered by the pandemic, UCN seized the opportunity to upgrade its displays and incorporate ViewSonic solutions across its educational units. Collaboratively, the technical team conducted a thorough search and analysis, ultimately selecting ViewSonic® ViewBoard® interactive displays that were tailored to their specific needs and aligned with their expectations.

THE SOLUTION

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  • Deployment of ViewSonic® ViewBoard® IFP7550 interactive displays and the myViewBoard® software platform in classrooms

Due to the susceptibility of the university’s existing interactive whiteboards to frequent image degradation, the UCN technical team embarked on a search for a more reliable and user-friendly solution.

“Whenever we opened a window or experienced a minor earthquake, the existing whiteboard would shift and move ever so slightly because it’s mounting system just wasn’t very stable,” said Gastón Peralta, Manager of Educational Resources. “Additionally, we had to readjust its settings every time we turned it on. This inconvenience greatly discouraged people from using it.”

Faced with this situation, UCN embarked on a quest for alternative options, thoroughly reviewing the specifications of ViewSonic displays.

“After seeing the ViewSonic solutions, I knew they were exactly what we needed,” said Peralta. “The ViewBoard displays came with strong, reliable mounting brackets. And we found that they were easy to set up and calibrate to our specific needs.”

At present, the Antofagasta campus of the university boasts 16 ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive displays, while the Coquimbo campus has eight installed.

UCN is pleased with the positive outcomes resulting from their decision to adopt ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive displays as they provide a reliable and user-friendly solution, while also facilitating a more inclusive learning environment.

RESULTS

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  • The university is fulfilling its mission to integrate technology into its classrooms

  • More interactive lessons, increased lesson engagement and focus

  • Improved student technology skills and inclusion thanks to the myViewBoard software

UCN’s decision to select ViewSonic interactive displays was primarily driven by their user-friendly nature. These displays were seamlessly integrated into classrooms across various schools of study, including Humanities, Sciences, and Health. They were utilized in didactic courses, the creation of teaching materials, as well as mathematics and chemistry classes.

The technical team expressed their satisfaction with the ease of navigation within the on-screen software, which greatly encourages its use. Teachers are delighted with the touchscreen’s capabilities, including the powerful camera and the ability to connect flash drives.

The decision to acquire these displays was further validated when the university began utilizing the transcription tool found within the included ViewSonic® myViewBoard® software. This tool automates audio transcription of classes, which proved invaluable in promoting inclusivity for hearing- impaired students.

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University in Ecuador Upgrades Its Classrooms with ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays

CASE STUDY

University in Ecuador Upgrades Its Classrooms with ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays

SCHOOL

The Pensionado Universitario Nelson León Vizcarra private school is an autonomous, coeducational, secular, bilingual, non-profit institution in Quito, Ecuador. It opened its doors in October 1957 and has been providing comprehensive education in accordance with contemporary needs since then. Its key pillar —humanistic education— is based on knowledge, respect, solidarity, responsibility, and accountability to society and the environment.

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“ViewSonic has enabled us to take the leap we needed to position ourselves as a state-of-the-art private school in Quito. We can present ourselves as a modern institution that accommodates current student needs, in spite of the university being 66 years old.”


— Nicolás Arízaga, Abogado del Pensionado Universitario Nelson León Vizcarra

THE CHALLENGE

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  • Strengthen the school’s academic proposal through the use of technology

  • Provide students with the opportunity to be part of a dynamic and interactive learning process alongside modern technology

  • Agree on the required tools and supplies to meet contemporary educational needs

  • Overcome the faculty generation gap to meet contemporary educational needs

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, online education redefined how we access information and gain knowledge. The use of technology as a key teaching and learning tool allowed education continuity, while creating the need for digital skills enhancement. Because of these significant communication changes in the learning process, Pensionado Universitario Nelson León Vizcarra saw a need for newer edtech.

“From our perspective as an educational institution, we were compelled to strengthen our teaching proposal and differentiate ourselves from other institutions, so we explored interactive display options,” said Nicolás Arízaga, an attorney for Pensionado Universitario Nelson León Vizcarra.

The university then undertook a streamlining process that would help it adapt to the changing educational landscape, implement innovative technologies in the classroom, and seek sound financial strategies to ensure long-term sustainability.

THE SOLUTION

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  • 29 ViewSonic® ViewBoard® IFP6550 65-inch interactive displays were purchased

  • 100% of the classrooms, from preschool to the third year of high school, are now being equipped with this new technology

  • In addition, a display was installed for the administrative area

The idea to implement this new technology came from representatives of Telalca, a leading business technology company with more than 25 years of experience offering IT solutions and services for companies in Ecuador. They suggested ViewSonic as an innovative option, which met the Institution’s requirements.

“We held several meetings with board members and teachers to explain the benefits of interactive displays for education and how they encourage skills development. Finally, we agreed that this state-of-the-art technology could provide us with new tools including interactivity, collaboration and artificial intelligence. It would help us grow stronger as an institution. “ViewSonic has enabled us to take the leap we needed to position ourselves as a state-of-the-art private school in Quito. We can present ourselves as a modern institution that accommodates current student needs, in spite of being 66 years old,” said Arízaga.

RESULTS

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  • Increased student engagement in the classroom, as well as improved attention to lessons
  • Teachers have also improved both course content and methodology, making courses more dynamic
  • The implementation of ViewBoard interactive displays, along with other initiatives encouraged by the institution, have helped boost student enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year by 10%, compared to the current period

The guidance and implementation by Telalca was excellent and, along the same lines, the advice from ViewSonic representatives in terms of technical queries and training has been impeccable.

The installation of 29 ViewBoard® IFP6550 interactive displays has had a great impact in different areas. First, at an academic level, student engagement in the classroom has increased and attention to lectures has been enhanced. Teachers have also improved course content and methodology, making courses more dynamic and interactive.

The administrative staff has identified a 10% increase in enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year, compared to the current period. Finally, improved faculty meeting productivity has been seen in different academic areas.

“We have been able to meet our initial goals and we are currently satisfied with the response from our entire educational community,” said Arízaga.

With these results, the Institution’s directors are hopeful that the project will continue. “Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, we expect to see an increase in the number of students. As a result, we will need to buy additional displays to fi t the new classrooms. We have also seen the benefits of implementing state-of-the-art technology in the classroom. This has brought about the possibility of acquiring other ViewSonic products that will help us continue to meet our institutional goals,” Arízaga concluded.

Alex Carlos, ViewSonic Regional Sales Manager, stated it is very rewarding to see how the ViewBoard IFP6550 interactive displays and the integrated myViewboard® software platform support and enhance the development of flagship schools in Ecuador, such as Pensionado Universitario Nelson León Vizcarra.

“The directors have a clear vision of their students’ long-term development and strengthen them by providing technology. Interactive displays are transforming teaching environments from classic to interactive classrooms where collaboration will take place. We will continue to work with this renowned institution for the development and immersion of these new technologies,” said Carlos.

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ViewSonic Brings Technology Solutions to Boost Classroom Transformation and Hybrid Learning Spaces

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Android™ EDLA Certified ViewBoard® Interactive Displays, Device Management, and Collaborative Software Create Immersive Learning Environments

 

ORLANDO – FETC 2024 Booths #921 / 1123 – (Jan. 23, 2024) ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solutions, offers technology hardware and software solutions for classroom transformations and developing next-generation hybrid learning spaces at the Future in Education Technology Conference [FETC], Jan. 23-26, 2024 in Orlando, FL.

 

The latest ViewSonic® education solutions create immersive and collaborative environments, from interactive flat panel displays to software that allows IT teams to manage devices across campuses. The company will also be previewing a beta version of ClassSwift™, an innovative software solution that allows educators to create interactive, push-and-response type lessons and content to boost classroom engagement.

 

As leaders in visual displays, ViewSonic has innovative technologies ranging from touch displays and monitors for desktop and esports to the award-winning myViewBoard® ecosystem that includes ViewBoard® interactive displays and myViewBoard software. These education solutions can transform a classroom and create innovative ways for educators to teach the next generation of students.

 

“FETC is where ViewSonic will showcase its various hardware and software solutions that deliver unparalleled functionality for schools and campuses,” said Kenneth Mau, Marketing Communications Director at ViewSonic. “Learning environments are constantly shifting and becoming more challenging for both students and educators. ViewSonic education solutions transform classrooms into immersive, 21st century learning environments and make it easier to communicate, learn, and teach with consistency.”

 

Notable Product Introductions at FETC include:

 

  • IFP52-2ED Android™ EDLA-certified ViewBoard Displays
    • Available in 65-,75-, and 86-inch sizes
    • Access to apps through the Google Play Store for both Google and Microsoft users
    • Highly accurate touchscreen and object recognition technology for a more intuitive digital whiteboard experience
    • Device management and monitoring via Google Workspace
  • ViewBoard IFPG1 Series of Interactive Displays
    • Available in 55-, 65-, 75-, and 86-inch sizes with native 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) resolution
    • No pre-installed software so the display can be adapted to fit with existing or proprietary software solutions
    • Multi-point touch technology with optional WriteAway™ technology for faster writing and annotating
    • Greater customizability with the ability to add an external PC or OPS module and creating a future-proof display

 

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About ViewSonic

Founded in California, ViewSonic is a leading global provider of visual solutions and conducts business in over 100 countries worldwide. As an innovator and visionary, ViewSonic is committed to providing comprehensive hardware and software solutions that include monitors, projectors, digital signage, ViewBoard® interactive displays, and myViewBoard® software ecosystem. With 35 years of expertise in visual displays, ViewSonic has established a strong position for delivering innovative and reliable solutions for education, enterprise, consumer, and professional markets and helping customers “See the Difference®.” To find out more about ViewSonic, please visit www.viewsonic.com.

 


 

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School Principal Broadcasts Positivity

CASE STUDY

School Principal Broadcasts Positivity

Robert E. Lee High School is a public secondary school in Montgomery, Alabama, serving grades nine through 12. According to U.S. News & World Report data, among the student population of 1,386, the total minority enrollment is 95 percent, and 86 percent of students are economically disadvantaged. When Doctor Antjuan Marsh became principal at Robert E. Lee High School, one of the first things he did was assess the school's education technology. The classroom displays, he discovered, were aged, underutilized, and included a difficult-to-manage mix of models that included ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive displays. Teachers reported that they preferred the ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive displays because they were easier to use and enabled them to do much more digitally than the Promethean boards.

After assessing the ViewBoard interactive displays, Marsh and the school improvement team agreed to purchase current-model 75-inch ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive displays for every classroom. It was a wise investment. Teachers use the ViewBoard displays daily for instruction, Doctor Marsh said, and are well versed in using the included myViewBoard software tools to boost collaboration and engagement.

"For example, one English teacher breaks students into workstations, with one group working at the ViewBoard display," Doctor Marsh said. "Students can interact with text on the board, which allows them to annotate, highlight, and request audio readings, which is an outstanding way to improve vocabulary and comprehension."

With the instructional technology upgrade behind him, Doctor Marsh turned his attention to finding innovative ways to build a stronger school-wide community. The leader of a school where 80 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches and live in an often violent and uncertain environment.

Doctor Marsh recognized a unique opportunity presented by the ViewSonic ViewBoard displays installed in every classroom across the school. His plan was to leverage the displays to extend the power of the positive through dynamic and compelling school-wide multimedia messaging.

The ViewSonic Manager software included with ViewSonic ViewBoard displays allows for remote centralized management of all networked displays, along with the ability to distribute text-based messages across some or all ViewBoard displays. Text alone, however, was not compelling enough to meet Doctor Marsh's goals. To deliver video and other media messaging, he would need the Manager Advanced subscription-based software upgrade.

The CDC indicates that when students feel connected to their school, they're less likely to experience poor mental health, sexual health risks, substance abuse, and violence. The ViewSonic ViewBoard classroom displays provided an important means of reaching these critical goals.

Doctor Marsh uses videos on connectedness to shape school culture, positively impact social-emotional learning, provide public service announcements, and run safety drills. To capture student attention, he broadcasts these messages to every ViewBoard display in the school at random times, including in the middle of classes.

"I've broadcast many types of messages," Doctor Marsh said. "Most of them are about the great things our students are doing, but the broadcasts are also helpful for utilitarian messages. For example, yesterday we ran a PSA on where and when students can and cannot use cell phones. Teachers appreciate these PSAs because when they see students in the hallways not following the rules, they can remind them of the videos."

Creating the broadcasts is as easy as using his iPhone to record video, along with using apps on his laptop, Doctor Marsh explained, enabling him to edit and add captions. The Manager Advanced software further enables him to broadcast YouTube videos or other web-based content, another feature which he leverages for positive impact. Occasionally he will send messages to certain classes, easily identifying and selecting the ViewBoard display endpoints using the Manager Advanced interface.

As hoped for, the videos have become a happily anticipated part of the school environment. "The more videos I create, the more they want to see them," Doctor Marsh said. "If I can't make it to an event or leave something out that they think should be there, the students let me know."

The opportunities to notice, capture and broadcast connection and caring are endless. On March 14, otherwise known as Pi Day, the school held a pie-throwing event. A student unexpectedly tossed the edible kind at the principal, who accepted the gesture with extreme grace. Someone caught it all on video and it is now one of the many memorable broadcasts bolstering the community at Lee High School.

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Agile Reseller Adds ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays to Successfully Meet Customers’ Evolving Needs

CASE STUDY

Agile Reseller Adds ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays to Successfully Meet Customers’ Evolving Needs

COMPANY

With a footprint that spans the Southeast United States, RJ Young is an industry leader providing technology solutions that power businesses. The company helps small to enterprise-level organizations transition into modern workplaces and increase productivity with comprehensive managed IT solutions, office equipment and technology, business process outsourcing, and digital communications. After more than 60 years in operation, RJ Young is a proud workplace to more than 650 team members, serving organizations in more than 30 sales and service locations across nine states. The company is known for being anchored to its core values of honoring its people, customers, and communities.

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“Our partnership with ViewSonic is over the top. The product is good, if not better, than what else is available and at an outstanding price point. ViewSonic also had the support, quick turnaround, and good relationships that we wanted to allow us to quickly satisfy our customers’ needs.”


— Destin Echols, RJ Young Technology Solutions Architect

THE CHALLENGE

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  • Meet customers’ changing needs for interacting and working with more distributed workforces

  • Provide interactive meeting and video conferencing technology that was compatible with Microsoft Teams Rooms to support the needs of remote workers

  • Have products on hand and installed at its own headquarters for demonstration purposes

Founded in 1955, RJ Young was an established leader in delivering copiers and printers – along with a “We Make It RightTM” guarantee – to businesses across the southeastern United States. In 2020, the company and its customers alike found themselves suddenly inhabiting a changed business landscape.

“When Covid hit, everything shifted for us and for our customers,” said Destin Echols, RJ Young Technology Solutions Architect. “Our customers needed support to do business with a much more distributed workforce. To our leadership’s credit, they took a hard look at our customers’ business needs and how they were changing, and determined what we could do to meet those evolving needs.”

The ability to effectively connect, communicate, and interact with remote workers had become a major pain point for RJ Young’s customers. A critical part of the company’s new focus was the need to be able to provide interactive meeting and video conferencing technology to support the needs of remote workers.

“Now we had to quickly pivot to respond to the sudden changes and challenges that our customers faced,” said Echols. “Interactivity was going to be key. Everyone was already accustomed to the interactivity offered by their smartphones and iPads. We wanted to deliver that to our customers in a way that would facilitate collaborative in-person meetings, and as well as bring together remote and on-site participants.”

THE SOLUTION

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  • Implementation of ViewSonic® ViewBoard interactive displays into its product lineup

  • Responsive and packed with features, ViewBoard displays were also intuitive, easy to use, and had a great price tag

  • The 105-inch 21:9 ViewBoard IFP105S was installed at RJ Young headquarters in Nashville, TN – becoming the country’s first installation of this groundbreaking product

Before taking on the role of Technology Solutions Architect at the RJ Young Corporate Office in Nashville, Echols had worked in technology for a decade. That experience led him and his team to question how RJ Young customers would benefit with this type of technology.

Around that time, Echols met ViewSonic Channel Account Manager, Matt Hurley, who showed him the ViewSonic line of ViewBoard® interactive flat panel (IFP) displays.

“We were very impressed with the ViewSonic ViewBoard displays, which were responsive and packed with features, while also being intuitive, easy to use, and having a great price tag,” said Echols. “As we worked with ViewSonic, we became even more impressed with the way they do business. The support they offer is outstanding. In the early days, we had a massive learning curve, and when we had questions, someone at ViewSonic always picked up the phone and had answers for us.”

RJ Young made the decision to partner with ViewSonic to fulfill its customers’ display needs, including commercial displays, digital signage, interactive displays, desktop monitors, and projectors. The rest, as they say, is history.

“Our partnership with ViewSonic is over the top,” said Echols. “The product is good, if not better, than what else is available and at an outstanding price point. ViewSonic also had the support, quick turnaround, and good relationships that we wanted to allow us to quickly satisfy our customers’ needs.”

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THE RESULTS

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  • ViewBoard displays provided interactivity and visibility for customers’ virtual meetings

  • myViewBoard software made it easy to manage ViewSonic displays across the entire region

  • Ultimately decided to partner with ViewSonic to fulfill its customers’ complete display needs, including commercial displays, digital signage, interactive displays, desktop monitors, and projectors

During the work-at-home days of the Covid pandemic, adding ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive displays to the RJ Young lineup proved to be a wise decision.

“It was easy to show our customers how the ViewBoard displays could help them navigate the changing business landscape,” said Echols. “Not only did the displays provide interactivity and visibility for virtual meetings, they were also a logical extension to the way business had been evolving pre-pandemic.”

“I tell my customers that the ViewBoard interactive display is a common-sense extension of how they already do things, and it all revolves around interactivity,” he said. “Everyone is on a cell phone, which you can show to one or two people. The next step up from that is an iPad or a touchscreen PC, but you’re still limited to the few people that can gather around and see it. The natural extension, if you want five, 10, or more people to see and interact with content, is to throw it onto a giant TV touchscreen.”

Most of the time, his customers say, ‘Yes! That makes sense. That’s exactly what I want!’

Today, RJ Young is both a ViewSonic reseller and customer. The company has installed solutions for their customers using virtually every model in every category of ViewSonic product. They also rely on ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive displays to facilitate meetings in their own conference rooms.

“Every one of our 30-plus offices has at least one ViewSonic CDE display and one ViewBoard interactive display,” said Echols. “The quality and interactivity provide amazing functionality for our all-hands meetings, sales meetings, and breakout sessions. Also, we love the myViewBoard software, which makes it easy to manage our ViewSonic displays across the entire region.”

Echols can easily troubleshoot any situation using the myViewBoard ManagerTM software.

“I can turn on their conference room display – no matter where it is – add a welcome screen with the company’s logo, drop in any other content they need,” he said. “We don’t have to send our IT resources, and no one has to worry about whether there’s someone tech savvy in office. We can remotely manage the device, and it’s been fantastic for us.”

The duality of being a ViewSonic customer and reseller comes in handy.

“It’s ideal to have the products in use and available to demo,” said Echols. “If a customer comes in and asks to see the technology we’ve installed for other customers, we can simply take them to our conference room.”

The most recent installation is the 105-inch ViewBoard IFP105S interactive display with ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio. To showcase this flagship product and gain its ultra-wide benefits for themselves, RJ Young installed this 105-inch 21:9 ViewBoard in the conference room at their Nashville headquarters.

“I’m proud to say that our conference room was the first US installation of this groundbreaking product, and we have been thrilled with how much the added screen real estate has increased visibility and efficiency in our meetings,” said Echols. “The ability to cast multiple devices for collaboration and have a picture-in-picture view with different sources is extremely handy when checking jobs and designs against alternate versions. The annotation and tools are invaluable when we are marking up plans, doing systems designs, troubleshooting with customers, and when working internally on any number of tasks from HR to marketing.”

“We often work in collaboration with customers to review building plans, work out locations for their equipment, and show them how it will function in their space,” said Echols. “We use the 105-inch ViewBoard display to work with the customer to design their ideal office space and working environment, and the fact that we are using the same technology at our office speaks volumes.” Soon after their own installation, RJ Young brought the ultra-wide interactivity of the 105-inch ViewBoard display to several customers.

“For us and for our customers, the ViewSonic ViewBoard displays are an outstanding standalone meeting platform,” said Echols. “The 105-inch ultra- wide model takes it to a whole new level, with added space for more effective viewing and content organization, along with support for the Microsoft Teams Room Front Row layout, which delivers a natural and efficient digital meeting experience.”

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APPENDIX

Additional ViewSonic Solutions from RJ Young

While ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive displays are the most popular products among his customers, Echols noted that RJ Young has provided customers with solutions using pretty much every product made by ViewSonic. These range from desktop monitors and conference room displays of all types and sizes, to digital signage, and massive Direct View LED displays, and their customers couldn’t be happier with the results.

“Feedback from customers about their ViewSonic products has been excellent,” said Echols. “I recently installed ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive displays and CDE commercial displays using myViewBoard Manager for a large non-profit company, and they just called saying that they wished they had done this installation sooner.”

Of course, he added, as with any supplier, there have been small and infrequent mishaps, like a product damaged in shipping, or the time a board arrived from the factory with a problem. Both were blips on the radar, with ViewSonic immediately replacing the products and making things right.

“We’ve never had a problem that resulted in an unhappy customer,” he said. “ViewSonic is always there for us, making sure our customers are satisfied.”

With ViewSonic’s many product lines to work with, Echols said that he enjoys offering customers everything from basic conference room setups to, “how creative do you want to get?” installations.

Recently, he worked on several projects that made use of the ViewSonic CDE30 commercial displays, which allow for vertical orientation. In one project, the company asked RJ Young to install three displays in a vertical array that ended up looking like windows on a cruise ship. At a local courthouse, Echols helped his customer develop a solution that would segment the content to be seen by the judge, jury, or audience, which included two ViewSonic 65-inch CDE6530 commercial displays hung from the celling to provide the judge with a private view of content. Another display was hung facing the audience, while a ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive display was used to mirror court documents and facilitate zoom calls.

Another recent and “really cool” installation Echols facilitated was for Lenoir- Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina.

“The auditorium had concave walls, which made things tricky. We ended up putting a ViewSonic projector in the center with two ViewSonic 135-inch All-in- One Direct View LED displays on either side,” Echols said. “We made a custom frame to straighten out the wall behind the Direct View LED displays, which ViewSonic helped with quite a bit. Content could be programmed to flow from one side to the other, across all three sections, for example showing a wave crashing across them. It was stunning.”

Three years into the partnership, RJ Young has installed ViewSonic products across most of the industries it serves, including higher education, enterprise, and retail. Along with the certainty that ViewSonic hardware will deliver the quality, features, performance, and longevity to fully meet their customers’ needs, Echols said that ViewSonic’s myViewBoard Manager software has been a boon to customer satisfaction.

“We know from our own experience how beneficial the myViewBoard Manager is for remote management of a suite of displays,” said Echols. “We believe in it so much that we include it in every relevant quote, making it an opt-out scenario for customers.”

Ultimately, what makes the partnership with ViewSonic stand out, is the company’s unparalleled service and support, said Echols.

“In every way, before, during, and after a sale, ViewSonic fully supports us,” said Echols. “Matt Hurley is one hundred percent a full member of our team. He joins us at conferences and on customer calls. He does training with us – such as when a customer’s team isn’t sure how to use a display after an installation – and he’s available every day for us. We also get great professional development support for our education customers from ViewSonic folks specialized in that area.”

Circling back to where it all started, Echols recalls that when everything changed in 2020, the team at ViewSonic was integral to helping them quickly acclimate.

“It was all new to us, and we didn’t quite know what we were doing,” he said. “We had to figure out what parts and pieces we need to go with which types of installations. ViewSonic walked us through it all and made sure we had what we needed. They even helped us get in place our systems and people that we needed to support their product lines.”

Because of this support, Echols noted, his company has been able to extend their “Make It Right” guarantee to ViewSonic product installations.

“Part of our history with copiers was our ‘We Make It Right’ guarantee,” he said. “If someone on our team messes something up, we’re going to fix it. If there’s a problem, we’re going to fix it. Because of the support ViewSonic has extended to us on the technology side and on the back end, we’re able to offer this same guarantee for our AV hardware and software.”

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Expansive School District Achieves Seamless Upgrade and Meets Multiple Needs with ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays

SOLUTION BRIEF

Expansive School District Achieves Seamless Upgrade and Meets Multiple Needs with ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays

School districts faced with a technology upgrade have more options than ever. As such, the evaluation process can be time consuming, involving everyone from the IT and edtech staff to teachers and administrators. With a large and diverse network of 40 schools across an expansive geographic region, this district had a fleet of Promethean projectors that were reaching the end of their life cycle.

Not only were the projected images hard to see in ambient light conditions, the systems often needed replacement parts and were expensive to maintain. When it came time to make a transition to newer technology, the school board undertook a comprehensive search and trial of leading technologies, from projection systems to interactive flat panel displays (IFPs). Their primary objective was to find new classroom display technology that would be flexible and intuitive enough to meet diverse needs throughout the district.

Although 93% of the district’s teachers were actively using the outdated interactive boards in the classroom, the projectors were dated, and the boards weren’t touch enabled. Additionally, the boards had to be manually recalibrated every time they were moved, so making this technology work was becoming increasingly challenging and time consuming.

As they began the search for new technologies, the district’s IT team already knew that interactive flat panel systems would be more flexible to use, easier to install, and require less maintenance than projectors. After ruling out other alternatives, they invited teachers from across the district’s region to evaluate four different IFP systems in person at a central location.


ViewSonic’s myViewBoard platform enables real-time collaboration from any location, with cloud-based portability, screen mirroring/sharing and digital whiteboarding supporting a variety of pedagogies over an open, agnostic, and secure platform.


ViewSonic’s ViewBoard® interactive displays with integrated myViewBoard® whiteboarding software was the clear winner from the start, according to the district IT director, who noted that at the end of every day teachers gathered around the ViewBoard to spend more time trying out the display’s smooth, accurate touch response and myViewBoard tools.

Teachers expressed just one concern, which ViewSonic was able to easily address. For many years, they had been creating and amassing content used on the Promethean boards; to lose it would require them to recreate massive quantities of work. The ability to transition this content would be critical to the success of the deployment, and acceptance of the new technology by the teachers. Thankfully, they discovered, the myViewBoard Whiteboard software natively opens Promethean Flipchart files, allowing teachers to easily manage all their content created on the older software.

The district decided to standardize around the 86-inch ViewSonic ViewBoard IFP8650 displays with integrated myViewBoard software, which they purchased for every classroom in their 40 schools.

The IT team removed the old technology in an evening and completed installation of the ViewBoard displays by the end of the next day, making for a smooth and fast transition. Teachers from across the district were able to access and use their existing content, and the transition to the new technology was accomplished with minimal interruption.

With such a mix of different schools and teaching styles, the district has different use cases for the technology, said Paul Demsky, Senior Regional Sales Manager of Education for ViewSonic.

“In choosing ViewSonic’s myViewBoard platform, flexibility was a key consideration,” he said. “The beauty of ViewBoard displays is the ability to adapt to the curriculum of a particular school or classroom, while enabling centralized maintenance and control through the myViewBoard software. Another key advantage over the older projection systems is the improved contrast, which provides clearer images and better viewing angles.”

Additionally, the ViewBoard displays are capable of wireless connectivity, which enables screen sharing from any laptop. This allows teachers and students to easily share content via their in-class devices, which was another primary requirement for the district.

Today, district teachers enjoy the added features offered by the new technology, such as the many digital learning tools and the ability for multiple students to engage on the screen at the same time.

The advanced interactive display technology has also proven to be a valuable drawing card with parents, according to the district IT Director, who noted that, “Parents are always looking for what’s best for their kids. If they see us effectively using cutting-edge technology, the decision to send them to our schools is easy.”

Team Honda Enhances Supercross Performance Review and Brand Impact with ViewSonic Displays

CASE STUDY

Team Honda Enhances Supercross Performance Review and Brand Impact with ViewSonic Displays

COMPANY

Honda Powersports is an American Honda Motor Company brand and the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, and Side-by-Sides in the United States. The Honda Power Sports & Products business unit conducts the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through independent authorized Honda retail dealers. Formed in 1982, Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) is a racing division of the Honda Motor Company and is responsible for Honda’s motorcycle racing activities, including AMA Supercross motorcycle racing. Honda Racing Corporation encompasses both the management of motorcycle and teams throughout the world and the development of racing motorcycles.

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“It was a big improvement over what we were doing in the past, which was a simple fabric banner. The ViewSonic display was much more attention-grabbing. At every event people would go up to it and see what it’s all about.”


— Jose Monge Jr, Red Rider Program Coordinator for American Honda Motor Co.

THE CHALLENGE

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  • Add brand impact at events with mobile digital signage

  • Improve the visual quality of performance reviews

A newer version of motocross (MX), Supercross (SX) brings dirt bike racing indoors, delivering high-energy stadium events with an easy view of the action. Seven manufacturers currently create the motorcycles that compete in the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Supercross Championship, which consists of 17 rounds held in venues across the U.S. and Canada. At each event, brands vie for attention from fans in sold-out stadiums. Each motorcycle maker sponsors a team, and the riders themselves are one of the biggest marketing platforms.

To further showcase the Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) and the Honda Motorsports brand, Team Honda highlights its pit and riders with retractable fabric banners in the arena. Recently, a fan with insight into digital signage proposed an enhancement, while also suggesting an improvement to the team’s performance review system.

“We bring a team trailer truck to the events and after warm ups, qualifiers, and races the coaches sit with the riders and review their performance,” said Red Rider Program Coordinator for American Honda Motor Co. Jose Monge Jr. “It’s just like any premier-level sport, like football players going over their plays.”

To enable this rapid, on-site review, Team Honda staff haul monitors and video equipment to each event. The quality of those monitors, they were to discover, could make a notable difference.

THE SOLUTION

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  • ViewSonic CDE5010 50-inch digital display with 4K Ultra HD resolution

  • ViewSonic ELITE™ XG320Q 32-inch 1440p gaming monitors with 175Hz (OC) refresh rate and 0.5ms (MPRT) response time, PureXP motion blur reduction and 99% sRGB coverage and 99% Adobe coverage

An unexpected encounter introduced Team Honda to new ways to improve both their on-site messaging and digital performance reviews.

Many Supercross fans like to enhance race day with a pit pass, which allows them to mingle with riders, mechanics, and motorcycles, and experience the energy that surrounds Supercross competition. This was where Monge and his team met Jeff Volpe, President of ViewSonic Americas.

“He saw the monitors we were using to review practice rounds and introduced himself,” said Monge. “He told us, ‘I’m in the monitor business and our monitors can do a better job for you than what you’re using now.’”

Volpe recommended the ViewSonic ELITE™ XG320Q 32-inch gaming monitor, which delivers ultra-smooth images, rapid response time, and a wide color gamut ideal for viewing the intricacies of fast-paced Supercross rides.

Next, Volpe suggested that Team Honda try a rolling promotion to draw attention to both companies’ brands, using two ViewSonic CDE5010 displays housed in weather-proof rolling cases.

Jeff is a terrific Supercross fan,” said Monge. “He’s enthusiastic about Honda racing and we were thrilled to implement his ideas.”

THE RESULTS

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  • Performance review visuals are more crisp, clear, and vibrant, with no lag or ghosting

The 2023 AMA Supercross Championship series began on January 7th at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Among the excitement and hype, the HRC riders and Team Honda support staff spent many more serious moments reviewing warm ups on the new ViewSonic monitors. Later, between the qualifiers and heats, the performance reviews became even more critical. The visuals, said Monge, were noticeably better. 

“Right away it was clear from looking at them that these are premium monitors,” said Monge. “The images are very crisp and clear; it also helps for us that they’re lighter weight, since we move them around a lot.”

The vibrant 50-inch displays in their rolling cases paired perfectly with the energy-filled scene. A video loop ran an alternating series of Honda Powersports and ViewSonic messaging, along with a QR code linking to the “ViewSonic-Honda Gear Up Giveaway” prize lottery.

“It was a big improvement over what we were doing in the past, which was a simple fabric banner,” said Monge. “The ViewSonic display was much more attention-grabbing. At every event people would go up to it and see what it’s all about.”

The display accompanied Monge and the HRC team to each of the 17 Supercross rounds that year, running for upwards of eight hours each day. The displays and cases held up beautifully, said Monge, even in the occasional rainy weather they encountered.

The season wrapped up on Saturday, May 13th at the Salt Lake City Rice-Eccles Stadium, with Team Honda rider Chase Sexton taking the number one spot, giving Honda its first Supercross Championship in 20 years. A coincidence perhaps, but the crystal-clear performance reviews and added audience hype brought by the ViewSonic displays couldn’t have hurt.

School Builds Strong Foundation for Digital Learning with ViewSonic Education Solutions

CASE STUDY

School Builds Strong Foundation for Digital Learning with ViewSonic Education Solutions

SCHOOL

Foundations for the Future Charter Academy (FFCA) has had a long-standing reputation for academic leadership. Today, it operates eight campuses within the city of Calgary, including four elementary, two middle and two high schools. Technology innovation has played an integral role for FFCA in both student development and academic success.

“Our results are consistently above the provincial average,” says Jeff Cullen, Director of Technology for Foundations for the Future Charter Academy. He attributes part of that success to the school’s investments in the latest visual learning technology for its eight campuses, all of which are now equipped with the ViewSonic® ViewBoard® Interactive Displays and the myViewBoard® digital learning platform.

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“The upgrade to ViewSonic is our most recent, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Teacher adoption and student engagement is high, and the future looks very bright.”


— Jeff Cullen, FFCA Director of Technology

CHALLENGE

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  • Replace outdated SMART Board systems

  • Ambient light in various classrooms necessitated high-brightness solution

  • Existing maintenance costs and licensing fees were high

FFCA recently completed a major technology upgrade which included the replacement of outdated visual technology and equipment, including 15-year-old projector/SMART Board systems. Image brightness was difficult to achieve in various classroom settings, and maintenance costs and licensing fees were high. The systems also required a lot of manual calibration which was difficult and time consuming for the IT team to manage. “If the walls weren’t completely straight, they didn’t work,” said Cullen.

The search for replacement technology began immediately after a ceiling had collapsed at its North Calgary campus building and students had to be relocated to a remote building in the south end of the city. The decision to deploy ViewSonic® ViewBoard® interactive displays for the temporary building was an easy one for FFCA because of the cost savings from easier maintenance along with robust remote management features.

“We settled on ViewSonic and moved the ViewBoard displays into the new high school as quickly as we could because we had only a few days to get everything done. The set up was easy and given the success of that installation, we chose ViewSonic as the established standard for all of our campuses moving forward,” said Cullen.

SOLUTION

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  • 170 ViewSonic® ViewBoard® IFP8650 interactive displays

  • myViewBoard software suite Manager Advanced software provided remote device management

Changing classroom learning technologies can create resistance on the part of teachers, Cullen notes. “For teachers, their classrooms are their offices. That’s where they work and live each day.”

But that wasn’t the case with the ViewSonic® myViewBoard® ecosystem, he adds. “When the first ViewBoard displays were installed, the teachers dove into the software, and many have begun to transition their SMART Board Notebook files over to the new myViewBoard platform.”

In the summer of 2022, FFCA’s team completed the replacement of all its SMART systems with 170 ViewBoard interactive displays. Moving from the older SMART Boards has delivered considerable advantages for the schools – from easy maintenance, to portability, to remote management and wireless casting.

“We don’t have to worry about alignment and bulb replacement anymore, and we don’t have to pay licensing fees. We also have much more flexibility because the myViewBoard software allows for wireless casting and screen sharing,” said Cullen.

A key feature for Cullen is remote device management capabilities. “With Manager Advanced, I can centrally manage our entire network. I can see everything across the network and push out updates remotely. This has solved a lot of issues for us.”

As teachers work with myViewBoard, Cullen reports that the uptake ranges from straightforward whiteboard functions to more advanced digital learning applications.

“For example, at the elementary school level there was lot of excitement over the integrated reader and translation software and how easy it is to use in teaching phonics and literacy. Elementary teachers are usually the hardest to impress. But when we showed them these new software features, there were ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’.”

FFCA also plans to install another 40 ViewBoard displays in one of its newest campuses which is scheduled to open in North Calgary in the Spring of 2024. With this school, Cullen says they are taking technology innovation a step further. “We plan to take a very mobile approach for our computer and learning labs, and are working with the idea of using a virtual approach. For this campus, most of the ViewSonic ViewBoards will be all mounted on mobile carts.”

Over his 13 years at FFCA, Cullen says he has overseen three technology refreshes. “The upgrade to ViewSonic is our most recent, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Teacher adoption and student engagement is high, and the future looks very bright.”

RESULTS

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  • No need for bulb replacement or licensing fees with ViewBoard interactive displays

  • Teachers didn’t lose any of their existing lessons thanks to easy and direct importing of legacy SMART Notebook files

  • myViewBoard software enabled easy maintenance, portability and wireless casting

Since its technological evolution, Splitsville has delivered on its promise to bring a state-of-the-art bowling entertainment experience to a new generation of customers.

"ViewSonic digital signage, projection systems, and large format displays are now front and center in every area of every Splitsville facility, serving up music, sports, event reminders and acknowledgements, celebratory notices, advertising, and business presentations," said Haggerty.

“The instant gratification of digital has been a big tool for getting people out,” said Haggerty. “Also, adding more visual richness to our ads has moved people to buy more food, more quickly.”

The first location to undergo an overhaul quadrupled its earnings within two-and-a-half years, said Haggerty. “It took about eight months for it to get its sea legs, but after that, everything came together.”

The sites have become a popular draw for activities outside of bowling, from party bookings to business meetings. “People can even do PowerPoint presentations over the lanes if they like. With one push of the button they can have all screens showing the same input,” said Haggerty.

Plans are in the works to add interactive touchscreen capabilities to displays at the individual bowling lanes to enable sign up, scorekeeping, points collection, and messaging.

Now armed with a proven concept with definitive results, Haggerty has his eyes on expansion into the U.S.

Third Grade Teacher Achieves Increased Engagement, Visibility and Collaboration with ViewSonic® ViewBoard® Interactive Displays

CASE STUDY

Third Grade Teacher Achieves Increased Engagement, Visibility and Collaboration with ViewSonic® ViewBoard® Interactive Displays

SCHOOL

Denver Green School Southeast serves around 570 students from kindergarten through eighth grade. A part of the Luminary Learning Network (LLN) and the Innovation School Zone established in 2008 by the Colorado General Assembly, Denver Green Schools (DGS) use relevant instruction and shared leadership to serve a diverse community and create an inclusive environment that engages all learners to flourish and live a sustainable life. Along with high academic achievement, goals for learners at DGS campuses include partnering with teachers to engage in relevant, student-directed learning; building leadership capacity by embracing a democratic decision-making model; using service learning as a way to become community stewards; creating mind-body connections as well as community connections; and using the school buildings and neighbourhoods as laboratories for the study and implementation of carbon footprint reduction and sustainable living.

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“There was so much excitement from the kids around going up to the ViewBoard and working on it. Engagement increased one hundred percent. Everyone actually wanted to come up and show their work. That didn’t used to happen nearly this much. Honestly, the kids just love it.”


Sam Sheppard, Third Grade Teacher

THE CHALLENGE

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  • Replace old, barely functional projector with state-of-the art interactive display

Now looking forward to her fifth year at the school, third grade teacher, Sam Sheppard, began her career at the Denver Green School Southeast as a student teacher, and has never looked back. Grateful to be hired as a staff teacher at this innovative school, which empowers teachers with greater autonomy than typical public schools, Sheppard describes the learning environment as rewarding and joyful.

“I love it here. We have a farm where the kids harvest things that end up on their lunch table, and we raise chickens in the classroom,” said Sheppard. “Teachers have a voice here. We’re able to write our own plans and have ownership over how we teach.”

As a Title One school, DGS Southeast has limited funding for technology. Sheppard did her best with an old, glitchy projector.

“I’d say it only worked about half the time,” she said. “We got used to waiting for it to warm up. The kids invented ‘magic fi ngers’ that they would wiggle at the projector to help it get going.”

When it did work, Sheppard said it was often hard for the kids to see what she was projecting, due to shadows and fuzzy images. Thinking back to her own school years, she reminisced about the usefulness of Smart Boards.

“It made me sad that my kids didn’t have this advantage,” she said. “Asking myself why not, it came down to funding. Projectors were what the school could afford.”

THE SOLUTION

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  • 65-inch ViewSonic® ViewBoard® IFP6550 4K interactive display

  • ViewSonic VB-STND-005 rolling cart

In her fourth year at the school, Sheppard decided to take action. She created a project page on DonorsChoose – like a GoFundMe just for teachers – asking donors to contribute to her request for a ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive display.

“I had done some research and discovered the ViewSonic ViewBoard displays,” said Sheppard. “They had great reviews and I wanted a great interactive display that was clear and easy for the kids to see. I also really liked that it could be put on a cart and could move around the classroom with us.”

As a crowdfunding platform, projects on DonorsChoose are most often supported by small individual contributions. Sheppard had high hopes for her project to get fully funded (around 70% of projects do), and was working hard to drum up supporters, but recognized that progress might take a while. Little did she know that ViewSonic had caught wind of her DonorsChoose fundraiser and decided to surprise her with a 65-inch ViewSonic ViewBoard IFP6550 4K Interactive Display.

On a typical Monday, Sheppard was going about her usual classroom routine when DGS Southeast Lead Partner, Jessica Krichbaum, showed up at her door. Two ViewSonic team members brought in a ViewSonic ViewBoard display on a rolling cart. Sheppard was astonished. Her excitement, as well as the fast and easy setup are captured in this Instagram reveal: vsfinch.es/DenverGreenSchoolIG

“I was so surprised,” said Sheppard. “It was amazing. Such an amazing surprise for which we are all so grateful.”

Her students had a similar reaction when the board rolled in, happily yelling things like, “Yay! No more projector!”

THE RESULTS

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  • Teacher reports huge increase in student engagement

  • Students love interacting with the display

  • Clear visibility of content for all students at all times

  • Output from integrated speakers is audible to students throughout the room

As anticipated based on her research, Sheppard’s students absolutely adored the new classroom technology. Although they only had three weeks of the school year left, Sheppard made sure to make the most of the beautiful new display. Active participation in math and learning games were two of her students’ favorite activities, she said, and collaboration and engagement went through the roof.

“There was so much excitement from the kids around going up to the ViewBoard and working on it,” she said. “Engagement increased one hundred percent. Everyone actually wanted to come up and show their work. That didn’t used to happen nearly this much. Honestly, the kids just love it.”

Another big benefi t provided by the new tech was the clear visibility for every student in the classroom, with no more “weird head shadows” blocking the view.

“Like many classrooms, we celebrate at the end of the year by watching movies,” said Sheppard. “It was so amazing to have clear views and builtin speakers. Finally, my kids could see and hear clearly, and I didn’t have to keep asking them to scootch down in their seats so their heads wouldn’t cast shadows on the screen.”

Krichbaum seconded all the above, commenting that, “It has been amazing to see the ViewBoard display up and running so quickly, and kids being so much more engaged as they manipulate things on the screen. Not to mention that everyone can actually see what is happening on it!”

Despite only having the new technology for a few weeks, Sheppard and her students were able to quickly learn how to use it.

“The ViewSonic ViewBoard display is so user-friendly for the kids, which aligns perfectly with my goal of putting more student voice into the classroom next year,” Sheppard commented. “I envision more student leadership; things like having them rotate through roles where they’re in charge of the board in one way or another.”

Sheppard looks forward to many more applications for her new ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive display in the upcoming school year, including the use of Google Slides to structure the day – a growing trend among Google Classroom teachers.

“I am so excited to use it for full year next year. Along with all our teachers I’ll be moving toward using Google Slides,” said Sheppard. “Everything throughout the day will be presented on slides, and will be visible on the big display. My students and I will be able to interact with each slide using whatever type of content I’ve embedded into it.”

Happily, Sheppard won’t be the only teacher at DGS Southeast using a ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive display.

“Amazingly, the ViewBoard on my DonorsChoose page was fully funded, so my teaching partner will have one next year too,” said Sheppard. “It will be great to collaborate together on ways to use them, and we hope to do some PD with ViewSonic to deepen our understanding of what’s possible when teaching with this amazing interactive display.”

ViewSonic myViewBoard Software Brings Streamlined Collaborative Learning to Fourth Grade Classroom

CASE STUDY

ViewSonic myViewBoard Software Brings Streamlined Collaborative Learning to Fourth Grade Classroom

SCHOOL

Granite School District, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, serves around 67,000 students enrolled in programs ranging from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Granite is the third largest district in Utah, with nine high schools, 15 junior high schools, 62 elementary schools, as well as several specialty schools. Jim Bridger Elementary serves approximately 478 students in grades PK-6.

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“Most teachers are using it much more than they did the basic smart boards. They like being able to have more than one student at a time write, draw, or interact with the ViewBoard displays. And everyone likes the ability to get away from their desk, to be able to work directly at the ViewBoard or move around the room with their laptops.”


— Wendy Jones, Granite Technology Coach

THE CHALLENGE

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  • Integrate new display technology in district classrooms

  • Assist instructors in leveraging the expanded capabilities of the new technology

  • Leverage display capabilities to facilitate small group collaboration

Like many districts, the classroom displays at Granite School District were an assortment of aging projectors and projection-based smart boards. Then came the pandemic, and with it the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds from the Department of Education, which the district used in part to upgrade classroom displays for enhanced digital learning. The first challenge the team faced was selecting display models to deploy.

“The Granite way is to provide building principals with options, so we narrowed the field to ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive displays and a board from another manufacturer,” said Granite EdTech Team Lead Heidi Meenen. “The other option was a holdover from an initial elementary school deployment several years prior. Once we were introduced to ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive displays, it became the more appealing choice due to the robust whiteboarding software.”

Along with the deployment of the ViewSonic® ViewBoard® 86-inch IFP8650 interactive displays came the typical challenges of getting teachers acquainted with new tech. As is also often the case, one teacher was particularly enthusiastic about scaling the learning curve. At Jim Bridger Elementary School, enterprising fourth grade teacher Heidi Ritchie and her tech-savvy students challenged the ViewSonic® myViewBoard® software to deliver collaborative group learning.

THE SOLUTION

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  • A video wall comprised of 12 ViewSonic CDE4803 48” Full HD 1080p commercial displays

The ViewSonic ViewBoard displays were deployed at Jim Bridger Elementary over winter break. By mid-January, Ritchie had reached out to Granite Technology Coach Wendy Jones.

“Everyone was in the very early stages of learning what they could do with the displays, but Heidi was already thinking about how to use the panel in more expansive ways,” said Jones. “She wanted to do more than just display content or write on the screen.”

ViewSonic myViewBoard software is included with every ViewBoard display. So Jones downloaded the app and she and Ritchie began exploring, guided by the mantra, “Let’s see what we can do!”

Their esports led them to the Classroom component of the myViewBoard ecosystem, which provides students with their own canvas that can be shared with classmates to form team “huddles.”

Available as a browser-based app for Windows, Android, and iOS, Classroom can be used on any teacher or student device with a web browser.

One of Ritchie’s aspirations was to use the app to facilitate small group projects. The myViewBoard Classroom software provided the (almost) perfect solution.

Imagine a typical elementary classroom. The teacher has just shown an informational video or slides about a topic. Now students arranged in small groups, each working on one part of a lesson, such as identifying components of the water cycle. Some work together to agree on what they want to say; some are less involved. Invariably, one student takes control and begins to fill in the paper diagram provided by the teacher. When the groups are finished, the teacher may simply collect the sheets or capture each one with a document camera and project them onto the classroom screen.

Now consider a classroom such as Ritchie’s, equipped with a ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive display and myViewBoard software. Using the Classroom component of the software, the teacher can start in lecture mode, which shares her canvas – such as the informational videos or slides – onto the ViewBoard screen, and/or to each student’s Chromebook. Next, she can switch seamlessly to huddle mode, which enables her to arrange students into groups that each receive segments of the work. The student Chromebooks replace the paper documents and students use tools like text, pen, and sticky notes to add content to the digital worksheet.

The teacher can track each groups’ work on her laptop and provide feedback digitally or verbally to each student and/or huddle group. When everyone is finished, students share their group canvasses to the big screen with a click. Everything is quick and seamless – and can accommodate hybrid learning for students that are unable to be in the classroom.

These huddle capabilities were exactly what Ritchie was looking for. Working with Jones to master setting up huddles, Ritchie developed lesson plans that leveraged this collaborative functionality.

Ritchie’s first huddles involved creating images and diagrams then assigning students to add labels.

“My students and I learned how to use it together, and it was an amazing journey,” said Ritchie. “To start, I created pictures of a plant, or an animal, then put them in groups to label the various parts. They were so enthusiastic about doing lessons this way.”

Then one day, the students were midway through a huddle-based lesson when class time ended and Ritchie realized that the only way to save the huddle was by using the snippet tool to grab a screen shot. This captured the students’ progress, but would not allow them to manipulate the content. When students returned the next day to complete the project, they had to start from scratch.

Jones and Meenen reached out to their ViewSonic rep Max Green, who worked with the company’s development team on a fix.

“We contacted Max on a Wednesday,” said Jones. “By Monday, the problem was fixed and huddle content was automatically saved to Google Classroom; the students didn’t have to do a thing. It was a game changer for us.”

THE RESULT

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  • Teachers are leveraging multiple capabilities to streamline workflow

  • Digital huddles are easy to create, manage, and save

  • Virtually all students report enjoying this method of working together

  • Digital substitute plans add data security and efficiency

On any given day, Heidi Ritchie’s fourth grade students can be seen gathering in groups to huddle over a science, social studies, or language arts assignment. Students view teacher-created canvases on their Chromebook web browser, individually or as a group. Ritchie can pre-select huddle teams or allow students to choose and create their own group of huddle-mates.

Ritchie can customize lessons to fi t learning objectives, providing students with a pre-built chart, graphic organizer, or diagram, or giving them a blank canvas with instructions on what she’s looking for. Either way, students view the canvas on their individual Chromebooks, sitting together with their huddle companions. To encourage collaboration each student has a role in completing the assignment.

“Every student in each huddle sees the full canvas, but they each are responsible for completing one particular part,” said Meenen. “Each of them can add content, attach a sticky note, create a drawing, or pull in an image, but Heidi sets it up so that they can only create and edit in their own content area. This helps encourage everyone to participate.”

To reinforce concepts covered in a literacy unit, for example, Ritchie created a graphic organizer for the key components of a story.

“Students logged onto myViewBoard and clicked the URL that Ritchie sent them, which linked them to their huddle groups,” said Meehen. “Each student was assigned an area, such as setting, plot, or character development, which they could complete using their choice of tools.”

Along with the collaborative, paper-free learning that her ViewBoard display and myViewBoard Classroom bring to her students, Ritchie also loves the ease with which she can create and deliver lessons.

“I can build a lesson on my laptop, save it to Google Drive, then pull it up on the ViewBoard display without needing to attach my computer,” she said. “It’s fast and convenient; everything is seamless with Google.”

The ViewSonic solution has also streamlined the process of prepping for days off - often a great source of stress for teachers.

“I created a PowerPoint with an entire day laid out to guide substitute teachers, which I save to a USB drive,” said Ritchie. “The subjust plugs the USB into the ViewBoard and opens it on the large screen. Having this template makes creating a sub plan so much easier. I just love it.”

Another important benefi t of this method, added Jones, is that it eliminates the need for subs to get content from teachers’ personal Google Drives. Plus, she said, the substitutes that have been the benefi ciaries of this system so far have been big fans.

“They don’t need to worry about compatibility or connecting their laptop,” said Jones. “They just open the file on the ViewBoard and all the lessons are right there, step by step, with instructions for the students. So far, the subs who have used it told us that it was one of the easiest days they’ve had as a substitute teacher.”

Similarly, said Meehen, instructors at district high schools, like those who teach upper-level math, use the Record feature to save lessons for use by substitutes.

“When a sub comes in, they don’t need to actually know calculus,” said Meehen. “They can plug in the USB drive and show the recorded lesson on the ViewBoard. It’s a huge win for everyone.”

Word of Ritchie’s successes using the ViewSonic solutions are spreading through the school, as instructors at various points along the learning curve find ways to integrate the new tech into their teaching.

“Most teachers are using it much more than they did the basic smart boards. They like being able to have more than one student at a time write, draw, or interact with the ViewBoard displays,” said Jones. “And everyone likes the ability to get away from their desk, to be able to work directly at the ViewBoard or move around the room with their laptops.”

Jones has been holding PD sessions on advanced features like pop quizzes and the huddles, and anticipates that teachers across the district will begin using them throughout the remainder of the school year, and beyond.

As for students, just about all of them appreciate the integrated learning games embedded in the myViewBoard software, said Jones. When it comes to huddles, said Ritchie, virtually all her students like working together in this way.

“My kids love using it, and they absolutely love the save feature,” said Ritchie. “They know they won’t lose their work, that they can pick up where they were the next day and keep working on their huddle project. We all very much appreciate the way ViewSonic jumped in and figured out a fix for this so quickly. They’ve been just great to work with.”

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High School Principal Broadcasts Positivity with ViewSonic Manager Advanced and ViewBoard Interactive Displays

CASE STUDY

High School Principal Broadcasts Positivity with ViewSonic Manager Advanced and ViewBoard Interactive Displays

SCHOOL

Robert E. Lee High School is a public secondary school in Montgomery, Alabama, serving grades 9 - 12. Operating since September, 1955, the school is one of 10 high schools in the Montgomery Public Schools system. According to U.S. News & World Report data, among the student population of 1,386 the total minority enrollment is 95%, and 86% of students are economically disadvantaged.

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“Students can interact with text on the board, which allows them to annotate, highlight, and request audio readings, which is an outstanding way to improve vocabulary and comprehension.”


— Dr. Antjuan Marsh, Principle at Robert E. Lee High School

THE CHALLENGE

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  • Leverage installed ViewBoard displays to broadcast multimedia messages

When Dr. Antjuan Marsh became principal at Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery, Alabama, one of the first things he did was assess the school’s education technology. The classroom displays, he discovered, were aged, underutilized, and included a difficult-to-manage mix of models that included ViewSonic® ViewBoard® interactive displays. Teachers reported that they preferred the ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive displays because they were easier to use and enabled them to do much more digitally than the Promethean boards.

After assessing the ViewBoard interactive displays, Marsh and the school improvement team agreed to purchase current-model 75-inch ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive displays for every classroom. It was a wise investment. Teachers use the ViewBoard displays daily for instruction, Dr. Marsh said, and are well-versed in using the included myViewBoard® software tools to boost collaboration and engagement.

“For example, one English teacher breaks students into workstations, with one group working at the ViewBoard display,” said Dr. Marsh. “Students can interact with text on the board, which allows them to annotate, highlight, and request audio readings, which is an outstanding way to improve vocabulary and comprehension.”

With the instructional technology upgrade behind him, Dr. Marsh turned his attention to finding innovative ways to build a stronger school-wide community. The leader of a school where 80% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunches and live in an often violent and uncertain environment, Dr. Marsh recognized a unique opportunity presented by the ViewSonic ViewBoard displays installed in every classroom across the school. His plan was to leverage the displays to extend the power of the positive through dynamic and compelling school-wide multimedia messaging.

THE SOLUTION

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  • Upgrade to ViewSonic Manager Advanced™ subscription

  • Deployment of ViewSonic® ViewBoard® IFP7550 interactive displays and the myViewBoard software platform in classrooms

The ViewSonic Manager™ software included with ViewSonic ViewBoard displays allows for remote centralized management of all networked displays, along with the ability to distribute text-based messages across some or all ViewBoard displays. Text alone, however, was not compelling enough to meet Dr. Marsh’s goals. To deliver video and other media messaging, he would need the Manager Advanced™ subscription-based software upgrade.

After a 90-day free trial, Dr. Marsh was ready to go all-in with the subscription at the start of the next school year. Guided by the school improvement theme Connectedness, Dr. Marsh began creating videos that highlighted the good stuff: students winning awards, following the rules, having fun, attending school events, and supporting one another. Most were fun, but decidedly not frivolous.

“The CDC defines ‘school connectedness’ as when students know that adults in their building care about them academically and also as a person,” said Dr. Marsh. “By broadcasting videos showing the positive things they’re doing we are showing them that we see them and recognize them as valuable.

”When students feel connected to their school, the CDC further notes, they’re less likely to experience poor mental health, sexual health risks, substance abuse, and violence. The ViewSonic ViewBoard classroom displays provided an important means of reaching these critical goals.

Dr. Marsh uses the Connectedness videos to shape school culture, positively impact social-emotional learning, provide public service announcements, and run safety drills. To capture student attention, he broadcasts these messages to every ViewBoard display in the school at random times – including in the middle of classes.

“I’ve broadcast many types of messages,” said Dr. Marsh. “Most of them are about the great things our students are doing, but the broadcasts are also helpful for utilitarian messages. For example, yesterday we ran a PSA on where and when students can and cannot use cell phones. Teachers appreciate these PSAs because when they see students in the hallways not following the rules, they can remind them of the videos.”

Other examples noted by Dr. Mash were a looping broadcast highlighting award-winning students, including one who won a national competition based on her work with tornado victims; clips from sporting and fine arts events; and a collage of students from the required career preparedness class looking sharp in their interview attire.

Creating the broadcasts is as easy as using his iPhone to record video, along with using apps on his laptop, Dr. Marsh says, which enable him to edit and add captions. The Manager Advanced software further enables him to broadcast YouTube videos or other web-based content, another feature that he leverages for positive impact. Occasionally he will send messages to certain classes, easily identifying and selecting the ViewBoard display endpoints using the Manager Advanced interface. Next on his agenda is learning how to use the Manager Advanced software to broadcast Google Slides presentations.

As hoped for, the videos have become a happily anticipated part of the school environment.

“The more videos I create, the more they want to see them,” said Dr. Marsh. “If I can’t make it to an event or leave something out that they think should be there, the students let me know.”

The opportunities to notice, capture and broadcast connection and caring are endless. On March 14th, otherwise known as “Pi Day,” the school held a pie-throwing event. A student unexpectedly tossed the edible kind at the principal, who accepted the gesture with extreme grace. The student exclaimed that she was now wanted for “pie-ing” the principal. Someone caught it all on video and it became a hit among the many memorable broadcasts bolstering the community at Lee High School.

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Conference Room Makeover Brings State-of-the-Art ViewSonic Direct View LED and ViewBoard Interactive Displays to School

CASE STUDY

Conference Room Makeover Brings State-of-the-Art ViewSonic Direct View LED and ViewBoard Interactive Displays to School

SCHOOL

Located in Ellisville, MS, the Ellisville State School is a state-operated regional program providing comprehensive services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ellisville State School offers services to people in a residential setting and provides an array of programs and services in the community through the Community Services System. Ellisville State School serves approximately 240 people on the main campus and additional persons in the community. It is the goal of Ellisville State School to provide each person with the appropriate services so that each will develop to the maximum of his or her potential.

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“They were able to use the ViewBoard interactive display while looking at the audience, and everything they did was mirrored on the big Direct View LED display, which made it highly visible to everyone in the room no matter where they were seated. The two displays are a great pairing.”


— Dean Yelverton, Network Administrator

THE CHALLENGE

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  • Update conference room with state-of-the art interactive display capabilities

  • Maximize space usage with versatile layout and equipment

During the COVID-19 pandemic, when Ellisville State School (ESS) closed its doors to protect residents and staff, Director Rinsey McSwain found herself conducting daily video calls in the conference room. She quickly became frustrated by the limited capabilities of the aging projector and conference phone. This frustration was the springboard for change, as McSwain envisioned the development of a fully-interactive environment powered by the most current technology.

“She wanted top-notch video conferencing equipment that could be used in multiple, flexible ways,” said IT Director Bobby Sterling. “The room was already equipped with a divider, and she wanted to be able to leverage it for simultaneous smaller meetings as well as ones that used the full space.”

Along with Network Administrator Dean Yelverton, Sterling reached out to reseller partner RJ Young for assistance. Together they looked at potential solutions from various manufacturers, and settled on the Direct View LED display as their technology of choice for the room’s main display. This would be supplemented with an interactive flat panel display on the other side of the room.

THE SOLUTION

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  • ViewSonic® 135” All-in-one Direct View LED display LD135-151

  • ViewSonic 75-inch ViewBoard® IFP7552-1C-E1

  • ViewSonic Slot-In PC model VPC25-W53-O1-1B

Next, Sterling and Yelverton visited the reseller’s installer, who favored ViewSonic among the suppliers under consideration.

“He showed us photos of ViewSonic Direct View LED display installations he had done,” said Yelverton. “Seeing those, along with the great bang-for-the-buck offered by ViewSonic, took us quickly in that direction. We knew that our director would be pleased with the seamless display.”

It didn’t hurt that both Yelverton and Sterling had previous positive experience with ViewSonic products. “I’ve used ViewSonic displays going back a long time,” said Yelverton. “They’ve always been very good quality at a fair price. And for what you get with the huge Direct View LED display, it’s really rather affordable.”

The team took their proposal to McSwain, who was impressed by the display’s size and features. The final signoff came from business services, and with these approvals, the IT team obtained the required quotes. RJ Young presented the best pricing, and received the purchase order for a ViewSonic® 135” All-in- One LD135-151 Direct View LED display and a ViewSonic® 75-inch ViewBoard® IFP7552-1C-E1 display with VPC25-W53-01-1B slot-in PC, along with Logitech control panel, webcams, a controller and Sure speakers to round out the solution. The IT department further ordered a ViewSonic® LD-MK-001 vacuum maintenance tool, which would enable them to easily remove and replace LED panels without having to bring in third party support.

The final challenge would be installing the new equipment in time for the annual Department of Mental Health Board of Directors meeting that the school would be hosting just three weeks after placing the purchase order. Fortunately, one of the key features of the ViewSonic Direct View LED display system is streamlined installation that makes it faster and easier to deploy than a traditional LED wall.

THE RESULTS

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  • The conference space was transformed into a versatile, state-of-the art facility used by staff throughout the school

  • The full solution was delivered and installed in under 3 weeks, meeting a critical deadline

  • Video conferencing is easy and efficient, with both displays delivering a clear view of participants

  • Stakeholders across the organization appreciate the performance and polish provided by the ViewSonic Direct View LED display

  • The ViewSonic ViewBoard display provides an all-new level of interactivity to presenters and trainers

Thanks to the support and hustle from RJ Young and ViewSonic, the equipment arrived about two weeks after the order was placed. This left under a week to get everything installed and working.

“The Department of Mental Health is our school’s oversight organization, and this meeting is very important,” said Sterling. “Our director wanted everything perfect to showcase videos on the new Direct View LED display and to accommodate interactive presentations on the ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive display. We were under a tremendous time crunch.”

Thanks to the efforts of all involved – and the ease of installation because of ViewSonic Direct View LED technology – everything went smoothly, said Yelverton. They even had a couple days to conduct training. The meeting went off without a hitch.

What was once a standard-issue conference room with basic and outdated equipment has become a state-of-the art facility that provides flexibility and ease of use.

“We didn’t realize how much we were going to be able to take advantage of by going from what we had to the fully interactive setup we have now,” said Sterling.

For groups like the board of directors meeting, the full room supports a range of needs, from a larger-than-life video display and immersive video calls on the Direct View LED display, to interactive presentations using the arm-mounted ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive display, which can be height-adjusted and angled to meet user needs as well as a variety of seating arrangements.

“During the board meeting we had several attendees present who were accustomed to using whiteboards,” said Yelverton. “They were able to use the ViewBoard interactive display while looking at the audience, and everything they did was mirrored on the big Direct View LED display, which made it highly visible to everyone in the room no matter where they were seated. The two displays are a great pairing.”

When the full room isn’t needed, the school can book dual meetings in the divided space. The collaborative capabilities of the ViewBoard display have been particularly useful for conducting remote and hybrid training, commented Yelverton, and the room has become an in-demand hub for trainings as much as for meetings.

Sterling and Yelverton emphasized that both RJ Young and ViewSonic went above and beyond, throughout the process.

“I have to give a shout out to ViewSonic’s tech support,” said Yelverton. “We had issues with a couple of the LED panels, which they anticipated by including some spares with the kit. Then after that the tech support team sent us a couple more spares to keep on hand.” The Ellisville State School director who requested the conference room makeover has been more than pleased with the results, the IT duo said. “She still gets a big smile every time she sees the beautiful Direct View LED display,” said Sterling. “When visitors come from our central office it’s the first thing that she shows them.”

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School District Upgrades Teaching and Learning Capabilities with ViewBoard Interactive Displays and myViewBoard Software

CASE STUDY

School District Upgrades Teaching and Learning Capabilities with ViewBoard Interactive Displays and myViewBoard Software

SCHOOL

The Alisal Union School District (AUSD) serves around 7,500 students in 12 neighborhood K-6th grade schools (including preschool programs) and one virtual school in East Salinas, California. Many of the teachers and staff are from the community, and a significant number of the students served are from farmworker and immigrant families. In addition to its 13 schools, AUSD offers three family resource centers. Each school is also supported by its own counselor, library specialist, instructional coach, and assistant principal. Additionally, every school is further supported by district-wide psychologists, school nurses and LVNs, and speech therapists. Additional offerings include seasonal sports, music, folklórico dance, and after-school and weekend academic support and enrichment, including NASA STEM Academy and Intro to Coder Dojo.

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“When we looked at the reliability and price point of ViewSonic’s ViewBoard product, along with the training and support they were offering, it all added up for ViewSonic. They were the sweet spot of everything we were looking for.”


— Joshua Harris, AUSD Director of Edtech

THE CHALLENGE

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  • Replace severely outdated projectors and screens

  • Replacement tech must offer intuitive ease for a hesitant teaching staff

  • Display technology must allow teachers the freedom to move around the room

  • Solution must be reliable and eliminate downtime from maintenance

Imagine using the same edtech – for 20 years. That’s how long the Alisal Union School District had relied on classroom projectors and pull-down screens. The time to replace them was long overdue.

“The projectors just weren’t cutting it,” said AUSD Director of Edtech Joshua Harris. “20 years is quite old for digital and electronics technology. It’s not going to be reliable.”

The push to purchase new front-of-classroom display technology came from a newly appointed superintendent, who intended to update classrooms for 21st century learning. Café seating and other flexible furnishings were planned to support active, project-based learning. Harris was asked to find a complete solution that would support this classroom modernization.

“The edtech professional mindset deeply considers teacher perspective,” said Harris. “Top of mind for us was finding a solution that would ease the transition for teachers unaccustomed to modern instructional technology.”

Another key requirement was the ability to untether teachers from their desks, which would allow them to take full advantage of the updated classroom and evolving pedagogical direction.

“We wanted a solution that allowed the teacher to be freed from their desk and from the need for added tech like a document camera or tablet,” said Harris. “We also wanted a simple, stable solution.”

Asking themselves, ‘what will meet these goals while giving us the closest to 100% uptime,’ the IT team assessed current available technology and found the answer: interactive flat panel (IFP) displays.

THE SOLUTION

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  • ViewSonic® ViewBoard® IFP7550 75-inch interactive displays with myViewBoard® software

  • Intentional, repeated, high quality professional development with ViewSonic

After some months of research, the team further determined that interactive flat panel displays would meet all their criteria. They narrowed the field to ViewSonic® ViewBoard® interactive displays with myViewBoard® software, which provided them with an ideal combination of features.

“When we looked at the reliability and price point of ViewSonic’s ViewBoard product, along with the training and support they were offering, it all added up for ViewSonic,” said Harris. “They were the sweet spot of everything we were looking for.”

After piloting the solution in 14 K-6 classrooms, the edtech and IT teams together recommended that the district outfit all learning spaces with ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive displays. The district purchased 300 ViewSonic ViewBoard IFP7550 75-inch interactive displays with myViewBoard software, which would be installed in waves following the start of the next school year.

THE RESULTS

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  • Teachers quickly adapted to using the new display technology

  • Active learning, with interaction and collaboration has increased

  • Students are more engaged with class content

  • Bright images allow teachers to keep lights on/shades open

As with any change, some teachers were initially resistant. At the same time, teachers in the pilot classrooms began talking about how much they enjoyed using the new interactive displays.

“We’re a very word-of-mouth community, and the teachers who had used the ViewBoard interactive displays were sharing their opinions,” said Harris. “They commented on the improved clarity and brightness of the images, and how much they liked being able to keep the lights on and shades open. The early adopters quickly started using the myViewBoard digital whiteboarding software and spread the word about how useful it was to be able to annotate and highlight content.”

While the peer encouragement helped immensely, Harris knew that much more was needed to smooth the transition.

“We lean heavily into training teachers,” said Harris. “My motto for this department is that investment in teachers is investment in students.”

First, he and his team introduced the full teaching staff to the new tech at the annual district convocation meeting, where they demonstrated the solution’s capabilities, including the handy toolbar with one-touch access to apps, pens, and other front-of-glass tools; the ability to share and receive content using the ViewBoard Cast™ software; and the smooth 20-point touchscreen.

“Our goal was to build positive anticipation for the devices,” said Harris. “I think this demo definitely did that. For one thing, there were audible gasps when we demonstrated some capabilities – like the ability to draw 3D shapes.”

For another, Harris said, after the presentation he was approached by teachers who told him how excited they were to use the interactive displays in their classrooms. Resistance among change-and tech-averse teachers was waning.

In line with the district’s reputation for commitment to professional development, district leaders agreed to compensate teachers for time spent training with the ViewBoard interactive displays prior to their installation. A ViewSonic trainer held 10 two-hour zoom trainings, each covering the same ViewSonic Level 1 Module 1 lessons. Teachers were paid for their time spent after contracted hours and were allowed to attend the trainings as many times as they liked.

“Our ViewSonic trainer, George, did such a great job with the virtual training,” said Harris. “It wouldn’t be the easiest thing to do – teaching how to use a touch-based device on Zoom – but he did it. The teachers found it very valuable.” One week after the training, the most ambitious teachers were getting students out of their seats, working at the boards, and mirroring content to and from their Chromebooks. Other teachers were getting their feet wet with the intuitive teacher-centered tools on the one-touch toolbar. Student enthusiasm was palpable. Younger cohorts enjoyed anything from simple annotation, starting and stopping the timer, and erasing content – all perfect stepping stones for where the technology would take them. Virtually all students were more engaged with content displayed on the ViewBoard displays.

With around 70% of the ViewBoard solutions deployed, Harris reported that the next steps would include training in using the myViewBoard lesson creation software, which will enable teachers to develop and share content from their Google Drives.

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Peruvian School Boosts Hybrid Learning and English Language Instruction with ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays

CASE STUDY

Peruvian School Boosts Hybrid Learning and English Language Instruction with ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays

SCHOOL

Founded in 1954, Centro Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (CCPNA) is a distinguished educational institution dedicated to English language instruction in southern Peru. Headquartered in the city of Arequipa, it not only serves as a center for language learning but also plays a vital role in fostering cultural exchange and promoting American culture through a diverse range of events such as plays, musicals, art galleries, film screenings, round tables, conferences, and more.

Apart from its main office in Arequipa, CCPNA has branches in the cities of Puno, Juliaca, Ilo, Moquegua, and Tacna. With a comprehensive array of 20 English learning programs tailored to different age groups, academic intensity, and frequency, the institution accommodates a total of 7,000 students. These programs offer immersive National Geographic Learning experiences, ensuring a dynamic and engaging learning environment.

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“ViewSonic was the most suitable solution to meet our needs. The fact that other companies off ered similar teaching support tools that were only compatible with Android helped us make our decision.”


— Álvaro Salinas, CCPNA General Director

THE CHALLENGE

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  • Contar con pantallas táctiles que potencien la experiencia híbrida del aprendizaje del idioma inglés en todas sus sedes

  • Que los equipos ofrezcan la posibilidad de usar herramientas no solo dentro del ecosistema Android, sino en Windows y la plataforma Workspace de Google

  • Integrar una plataforma que permita el uso de herramientas para la fácil administración de los equipos en cuanto a encendido y apagado remoto, mensajería y demás para los profesores

  • Implementar todas estas mejoras en pocos meses para el retorno a clases de los alumnos en los primeros meses de 2023

CCPNA needed an easy way of implementing hybrid teaching across all of its campuses. Initially, they experimented with non-native touchscreen solutions and television sets. However, these options proved unsatisfactory due to subpar resolution and limited functionality. As a result, CCPNA embarked on a quest to find alternative teaching methods that could eff ectively support their new educational approach.

Álvaro Salinas, General Director of CCPNA, explains, “To achieve this, we required a cutting-edge interactive display as the cornerstone of our implementation. While we were already utilizing AI cameras and microphones in our classrooms, we lacked an interactive display solution with a robust platform to complement this transition.”

Consequently, the institution’s authorities directed their efforts towards finding a display that off ered user-friendly teaching tools and functionalities, such as those provided by the ViewSonic® myViewBoard® platform for content creation and casting. They sought an easily manageable application that could enhance both physical and online learning experiences.

The implementation process was a race against time as it needed to be completed by the beginning of 2023. To accomplish this, they relied on a slot-in OPS mini PC to power the display, making it the central component of the interactive learning experience. This setup enabled the utilization of myViewBoard software and provided teachers and students with an extensive range of resources.

THE SOLUTION

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  • 109 ViewBoard IFP6532 interactive displays, and 11 ViewBoard IFP8632 interactive displays across all CCPNA sites in southern Peru. An additional display was installed at Instituto de Diseño Thomas Jefferson

  • Teacher training to effectively utilize all the functionalities that enhance the hybrid learning experience

  • myViewBoard software and Manager Advanced

After careful evaluation of various market proposals, CCPNA made the decision to procure a total of 120 ViewSonic® ViewBoard® interactive displays for their campuses. This included 109 ViewBoard IFP6532 65-inch interactive displays, and 11 ViewBoard IFP8632 86-inch interactive displays. To complement these displays, 120 VPC25-W53-O1 slot-in PC units were also included in the order. These technology resources were installed not only at CCPNA branches in southern Peru but also at their sister institution, the Instituto de Diseño Thomas Jefferson.

To facilitate efficient management and control of the interactive display network, ViewSonic® Manager Advanced™ software was seamlessly integrated into the solution. This software offers centralized control for executing tasks, performing updates, and sending messages or alarms directly to the displays, eliminating the need for physical presence in the classroom. Undoubtedly, this feature is a significant time and resource-saving advantage. Thanks to this implementation, 100% of the classrooms at the CCPNA Arequipa headquarters are now equipped with interactive displays. In the other cities, coverage reaches an impressive 90%, with the remaining margin representing areas where this implementation is not currently necessary.

RESULTS

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  • Significant improvement in the hybrid learning experience
  • Access to a broader range of tools for both teaching and administrative tasks for teachers
  • Fulfi llment of all the institution’s requirements at its various sites
  • Platform versatility to seamlessly work with different ecosystems
  • CCPNA has emerged as the leading English teaching institution in Peru, thanks to its advanced technological facilities

The ViewSonic solution has significantly improved the hybrid teaching experience within the CCPNA educational community.

One notable aspect of the ViewSonic solution is its compatibility with both Android-supported tools and Windows-based applications for delivering classes, as well as integration with the Google Workspace platform. Additionally, the inclusion of myViewBoard software for content creation further enhances the teaching experience.

“ViewSonic was the most suitable solution to meet our needs,” said Salinas. “The fact that other companies offered similar teaching support tools that were only compatible with Android helped us make our decision.”

Salinas further adds that the teacher training process progressed smoothly, as the use of the new equipment proved intuitive, and many teachers already possessed a clear understanding of how to handle technology. This familiarity with the capabilities of the interactive displays made it easier for them to leverage all the features.

The delivery of technology resources began in the fi nal months of the previous year, and the implementation proceeded swiftly, concluding in March 2023. According to Alex Carlos, Regional Sales Manager of ViewSonic in Peru, CCPNA has now become “the best-equipped English educational center in the country, surpassing institutions in both the south and even those operating in Lima or the north of Peru. Moreover, it has emerged as a leading educational institution in terms of technological facilities in the Andean region.”

The CCPNA representative concludes, “For us, it was essential that this experience be extended to all students, not limited to certain classrooms, such as schools or universities. We aimed to create hybrid classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology, ensuring that all our students can enjoy a high-quality hybrid learning experience.”

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ViewSonic Showcases Technology Solutions for Hybrid Learning, Collaboration and Esports Career Pathways at ISTE 2023

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Booths to Host Expert Speakers and Specialists; Will Highlight Latest Software Upgrades and Products for Immersive Learning and Flexible Learning Environments

PHILADELPHIA, PA – ISTE, Booths #2801 / 1929 – (June 25, 2023) – ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solutions, will showcase the latest solutions for next-generation hybrid teaching and learning at the ISTE Live 23 Conference, June 25-28, 2023, in Philadelphia, PA. ViewSonic® education solutions transform learning spaces and classrooms into immersive and collaborative environments with next-generation technologies.

 

The company will also host several expert speakers and specialists who can provide guidance on hardware and software solutions for the classroom, as well as esports related topics, including equipment needs, team organization, paths to graduation and scholarship opportunities.

 

“ViewSonic is excited to be showing the latest education solutions and highlight expert speakers to address some hot education topics at ISTE 2023,” said Kenneth Mau, Marketing Communications Director at ViewSonic. “We work with educators to navigate the changes of today’s learning and teaching environments by offering the best tools, software, and professional development. ViewSonic will continue to collaborate with schools and teachers to develop and share ideas that assist with communication and consistent learning.”

 

As leaders in visual display solutions, ViewSonic delivers innovative technologies ranging from desktop touch displays and esports monitors, to ViewBoard® interactive displays and the myViewBoard® software ecosystem. ViewSonic education solutions help to optimize participation and empowers teachers with the best tools they need. Key products include:

 

LDS135-151 Direct View LED Mobile Solution Kit

  • 135-inch LED-based display, pre-assembled and ready for instant use
  • Kit includes LED modules, cabinets, system control box and mobile cart; Moveable flight case, included, makes delivery easy to various locations as needed
  • Native 1080p (1920x1080) resolution with 450-nits of brightness
  • Built-in motorized height adjustment stand; Easy to move around with 360-degree wheels, and stabilized with push-button locking

 

ViewBoard IFP105S

  • 105-inch interactive display with native 5K (5120x2160) resolution and an ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio
  • Connectivity options include: USB-C with 65W charging, HDMI, DisplayPort, and RS232
  • 2.1 speakers and an 8-element microphone built-in
  • Split screen and 2-way touch interactivity with ViewBoard Cast™; Support for Airplay, Chromecast, and Miracast

 

UNIVERSE by ViewSonic™

  • A virtual 3D platform built for education with virtual spaces like classrooms, meeting rooms and collaborative spaces for interaction
  • Intuitive controls and purpose-built features allow teachers to engage online
  • Created for broad accessibility and not dependent on special hardware;
  • Designed to work on Windows PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, iOS, and Android devices

 

ViewSonic® VPC-A31-O1 Slot-In PC

  • Google EDLA Certified OPS slot-in PC
  • Protected with a suite of device management and monitoring tools from Google Workspace; Security includes: 2-step authentication, password protection, data encryption, among others
  • Access hundreds of apps through the Google Play Store with a single sign-on
  • ViewSonic collaboration and productivity software preloaded
  • Connectivity options include: HDMI 2.0/2.1, USB 3.0, RJ45 and Audio-In/Out

 

The two ViewSonic booths will also host several expert speakers covering a range of topics including:

  • “Tips and Tools for Launching a Scholastic Esports Program” with Claire LaBeaux, Chief Marketing Officer at NASEF
  • “Career Paths in Esports, An Executive’s Perspective” with Darren Moore, SONIQ’s CEO
  • “A Better Way to Video!” with Annabel Lamb, Solutions Architect at mmhmm

 

See the full  schedule of panelists, dates and times here.

 

For further news and information about ViewSonic, visit ViewSonic.com and follow on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

About ViewSonic

Founded in California, ViewSonic is a leading global provider of visual solutions and conducts business in over 100 countries worldwide. As an innovator and visionary, ViewSonic is committed to providing comprehensive hardware and software solutions that include monitors, projectors, digital signage, ViewBoard® interactive displays, and myViewBoard® software ecosystem. With 35 years of expertise in visual displays, ViewSonic has established a strong position for delivering innovative and reliable solutions for education, enterprise, consumer, and professional markets and helping customers “See the Difference®.” To find out more about ViewSonic, please visit www.viewsonic.com.

 

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ViewSonic Delivers Technology Solutions for Esports Career Pathways, Metaverse Learning, and Hybrid Classrooms with Latest Displays and Tools

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UNIVERSE by ViewSonic™, Gaming Monitors and Device Management Stations to Showcase Hardware and Software Teaching Applications

 

SAN ANTONIO, TX – TCEA 2023, Booth #1153 – (Jan. 31, 2023) – ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solutions, offers solutions for next-generation hybrid teaching and learning at the TCEA Convention and Expo, Jan. 31- Feb. 2, 2023 in San Antonio, TX. The ViewSonic® education solutions can transform classrooms and learning spaces into next-generation immersive and collaborative environments.

 

With innovative technologies ranging from desktop touch displays and esports monitors, to ViewBoard® interactive displays and the myViewBoard® software ecosystem, ViewSonic education solutions help to optimize participation and empower teachers with the best tools they need.

 

ViewSonic continues to support the education community by expanding its teacher certification program and building a community platform to ignite community engagement. The company’s hands-on approach to professional development has proved to be of great benefit for schools according to past participant reviews. Premium services begin with on-site PD that can also leverage virtual services. This helps to consistently infuse ViewSonic technologies throughout the instructional process so that educators can deepen their level of understanding.

 

“At TCEA, ViewSonic will have multiple stations to showcase how esports, metaverse teaching and learning, as well as device management can benefit schools,” said Kenneth Mau, Product and Channel Marketing Director at ViewSonic. “The fluidity of today’s learning and teaching environments can be a challenge for teachers and students. Together we can evolve with tools that take learning to a higher level. ViewSonic has been working with schools and teachers to create solutions so that sharing ideas, while communicating and learning with consistency, is the primary goal.”

 

There will also be several Micro-EdTalk sessions throughout the conference, from Digital Whiteboard training to metaverse education, held at the ViewSonic booth.

 

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About ViewSonic

Founded in California, ViewSonic is a leading global provider of visual solutions and conducts business in over 100 countries worldwide. As an innovator and visionary, ViewSonic is committed to providing comprehensive hardware and software solutions that include monitors, projectors, digital signage, ViewBoard® interactive displays, and myViewBoard® software ecosystem. With 35 years of expertise in visual displays, ViewSonic has established a strong position for delivering innovative and reliable solutions for education, enterprise, consumer, and professional markets and helping customers “See the Difference®.” To find out more about ViewSonic, please visit www.viewsonic.com.

 

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This news release contains forward-looking statements that reflect the Company’s expectations with regard to future events. Actual events could differ significantly from those anticipated in this document. Trademark footnote: ViewSonic and the ViewSonic trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of ViewSonic Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other corporate names and trademarks stated herein are the property of their respective companies.